QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes welcomes latest boost to new stadium plans, as club launches Old Oak regeneration campaign video
QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes has welcomed the comments by Sir Edward Lister that Old Oak regeneration should be stadium-led – ‘we would like to see one (a stadium)’ – in a significant boost to the club’s hopes of building a new stadium near Loftus Road.
Old Oak Common has been identified as an area where the club’s new home can be housed, and Fernandes confirmed work continues on what would be a multi-billion pound regeneration project, which will deliver much more than just a stadium, also providing thousands of homes, creating tens of thousands of jobs and providing community facilities.
Today the club launch a new film that shows how new stadia such as the Olympic Park and the Emirates Stadium can deliver regeneration – and why the same can happen at Old Oak if QPR move there.
“This is another important boost to our plans, and to the overall plan of regenerating Old Oak – London’s forgotten quarter,” Fernandes told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I spent last Tuesday at various meetings and I’m more optimistic that things are falling into place.”
The club plans to transform a large area of under-used land at Old Oak into a thriving and sustainable new quarter for London – with a new stadium acting as the catalyst for new homes, businesses, schools, health facilities and jobs for local people.
QPR are working with the three local Boroughs, the Greater London Authority and local groups to ensure that community benefits are at the heart of the club’s scheme.
“We have worked hard and things are moving in the right direction,” Fernandes added.
“What I can say to our fans is that it’s a daily project with daily effort.
“We have a separate team led by Mark Donnelly (QPR’s COO) and Antony Spencer (Stadium Capital Developments), and we have the support of key decision makers, who we will continue to work closely with to make it happen.
“There is a compelling argument for how a new stadium will transform the area.
“I am confident we will find a way to work with the major landowners there, so I remain optimistic that we will find a way to deliver this dream.”
Old Oak is set to change dramatically over the coming years.
Last year the Mayor and the local councils started consultation on plans for new transport connections, economic development, jobs and homes as well as a new stadium.
Now Queens Park Rangers Football Club has assembled a world class design team to prepare plans to regenerate the area and re-locate to Old Oak.
We are creating a new destination which we intend to call New Queens Park. It will serve as a catalyst for regeneration, creating new jobs and homes.
Thousands of people have backed Queens Park Rangers' plans to build a new stadium at Old Oak Common. In September, the club launched an extensive consultation on plans to transform a large patch of unsightly and under-used land at Old Oak into a thriving and sustainable new quarter for London.
The consultation which involved a six-day public exhibition, meetings with local groups, 55,000 newsletters and a project website, has generated nearly 3,000 responses. The key findings are:
2,524 (89%) people agree with QPR’s vision for Old Oak while just 302 (11%) say they disagree.
2,484 (88%) people support Old Oak as the location for a new QPR Stadium while just 332 (12%) say they disagree.
We will be holding more consultations over the coming months.View Full Consultation Report
For as long as anyone can remember, Old Oak has been a place you go around: a large patch of unsightly and under-used land.
We think it could be so much more.
Since its inception in 1994, the QPR in the Community Trust has reached over half a million children across the Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Brent, Hillingdon, Westminster, Ealing and Camden.
We work with:
QPR is working with Stadium Capital Developments (SCD), the company behind the regeneration of the Emirates Stadium which delivered 3,500 new homes and hundreds of new jobs in innovative workspace in Islington. Together, we have appointed a professional team of world class architects and property advisors, including:
Stadium Capital Developments
Project and Development Managers
Planning and Development Advisors
Anthony Green & Spencer
Q: Why does QPR need a new stadium?
QPR’s current stadium at Loftus Road – at 18,000 capacity – is the smallest stadium in the Premier League and one of the smallest of any major club. The club has ambitions to be an established Premier League club, and it needs a stadium that reflects those ambitions. Loftus Road cannot be expanded because there isn’t enough space, so we need to look elsewhere.
Q: Why Old Oak?
QPR has been in the area for over 100 years and even though it has moved several times during that period, it has always been in this part of West London. We want to remain here and close to our fans, and Old Oak is the only land nearby big enough to build a new stadium. Old Oak is the next natural move for the club, bringing it closer to its original home of Queen’s Park.
Q: How big will the stadium be?
The stadium will have 40,000 seats.
Q: Will the stadium host just football?
No, the stadium will be multi-purpose, hosting not just football, but corporate and community events.
Q: Why move now?
The Club needs to move to a new stadium as soon as possible to secure its long term future. The opportunity for the stadium to provide a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Old Oak provides a compelling logic.
Q: How will the community benefit?
Our plans will bring new homes, jobs, community facilities, improved transport connections and a better environment for everyone to enjoy.
Q: What will happen to the existing stadium at Loftus Road?
Once the new stadium is built and open, we will look to redevelop Loftus Road for other uses. Any plans would be worked up in consultation with the local community.
Thank you to all those who responded to our consultation.
We are now in the process of reviewing all the feedback and comments received during the consultation, we will continue to work with the community as we draw up our plans in more detail.
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