Queens Park Rangers Football Club is to launch consultation on its plans to regenerate hundreds of acres of brownfield land at Old Oak, opening the way for thousands of new homes and jobs to be delivered with easy access to the planned Crossrail/HS2 interchange.
The club is delivering over 50,000 newsletters will be delivered to homes and businesses across West London, inviting people to a series of consultation events.
QPR sees the Old Oak location as desirable for a stadium, close to the proposed HS2/Crossrail interchange, and at the heart of an area which the Mayor of London seeks to regenerate, providing space for tens of thousands of homes and jobs. A Mayoral Development Corporation is to be set up to enable the massive regeneration.
QPR say they have assembled a world class design team to prepare plans so that Old Oak can become home for their new 40,000 seat stadium and help kick-start the first phase of this exciting and wider regeneration project.
QPR Chairman, Tony Fernandes, said: “We are looking to deliver much more than just a stadium. We want to create a new destination that we propose to call “New Queens Park”. It will serve as a catalyst for regeneration, creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people.
“It will be a major transport hub that will connect Old Oak to the rest of London and other major cities across the UK. Our new 40,000 seat stadium will become a focal point hosting not just football, but other entertainment and community activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
“This will give us a top quality stadium that will be able to cater for QPR’s needs as the club progresses and grows over the years ahead. We are very excited about being the driving force behind creating one of the best new urban places in the world, and making this our new home.”
The club say they have entered in to exclusivity land arrangements with Network Rail and other landowners who control major parts of Old Oak, and that they have assembled a design team with a track record of delivering major regeneration projects.
Antony Spencer from Stadium Capital Development, and who – alongside world renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell – is developing the master-plan for Old Oak, commented: “We envisage a new vibrant, mixed-use and high-quality development that will regenerate the area and turn this neglected but very well-connected area into a new world-class city quarter.”
“We have assembled a top-class professional team to design thousands of new homes and new commercial space, including retail, studios and offices, restaurants, cinemas, a hotel and other leisure accommodation.”
As well as Farrells, the team includes Populous on stadium design, EC Harris as project manager, Savills on development planning, and CZWG on design for the conversion of the club’s present home, Loftus Road, which is close to the already significant developments by Westfield, BBC, Imperial College and St James at White City.
Details of the consultation are on the project website.