The UK’s Queens Park Rangers Football Club has unveiled plans for a new stadium, as part of a major regeneration project in the Old Oak area of west London.
The proposed 40,000-seat facility will replace the club’s current Loftus Road ground in Shepherds Bush.
Plans also include 24,000 new homes and a commercial space, which will feature a 350-room hotel, retail space, studios and offices, bars and clubs, restaurants, cinemas and other leisure accommodation.
Antony Spencer is developing the masterplan for the project along with Sir Terry Farrell.
The club and its partners, Stadium Capital Developments, are working with Greater London Assembly and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on the scheme, titled New Queens Park.
Queens Park Rangers Football Club chairman, Tony Fernandes, said Loftus Road is a special place for the club and its supporters, but they need a capacity of more than 18,000.
"With no option of expanding here, we have to look elsewhere and we welcome the mayor’s and Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s commitment to regenerate the area, which includes an option to develop a new stadium at Old Oak as a key catalyst to bring forward redevelopment, cementing our future in this part of west London," Fernandes said.
Fernandes noted that the project will create about 50,000 new jobs and a new destination in London, boosting local businesses, tourism and attracting new visitors.
Antony Spencer said they expect planning permission to be secured by early 2015, which will allow the development to start.
"We need, however, to work very closely with the public and private sector bodies, such as TfL and Network Rail, to enable the necessary infrastructure requirements," Spencer said.
Image: The proposed 40,000-seat facility will replace the club’s current Loftus Road ground in Shepherds Bush. Photo: courtesy of Queens Park Rangers Football Club.