Queens Park Rangers have announced plans to build a new 40,000-seat stadium at Old Oak Common, west London.
The football club plans to build a 40,000-capacity stadium at the heart of the Old Oak Common regeneration area, provisionally named New Queens Park.
It will see QPR move from its home at Loftus Road, where capacity is just 18,000, to Old Oak Common, a 195-acre, semi-industrial site between Harlesden and Acton in west London.
The mayor of London Boris Johnson is working with Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing councils on plans to transform the area with up to 24,000 new homes and 50,000 jobs linked to plans to build a ‘super hub’ High Speed 2 and Crossrail station by 2026.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: “With no option of expanding [at Loftus Road], we have to look elsewhere and we welcome the mayor’s and Hammersmith & 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.
“Not only will this give us a top-quality stadium to cater for QPR’s needs as the club progresses and grows over the years ahead, but we are very excited about being the driving force behind creating one of the best new urban places in the world.”
A letter of collaboration has been concluded between QPR, their partner Stadium Capital Developments, the Greater London Authority and Hammersmith & Fulham to bring forward “an early and very significant private sector investment” in the area.
QPR will consult supporters and local residents on the plans early in 2014.
The GLA published a vision for the future for Old Oak Common in June 2013, including a ‘super-hub’ station.
The proposed station would be the same size as Waterloo and handle 250,000 passengers a day, linking to Crossrail, HS2 and the Eurostar.
Old Oak would be directly connected to five airports: Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, London City and Luton – by high-speed rail.
To support the development, improved links to the London Overground and the West Coast Main Line would also be needed.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The arrival of Crossrail and HS2 has the potential to bring widespread economic and social regeneration to this corner of London on a scale not seen since the Olympics transformed Stratford if we get the design and transport links right.
“As well as making Old Oak Common Britain’s best connected railway station, the scheme would create tens of thousands of new homes and jobs, schools, open spaces, shops and leisure facilities in an area crying out for improvement.”
The masterplan for Old Oak aims to turn the area into an entertainment and leisure development.
Antony Spencer, who is leading the team developing the Old Oak masterplan, said a team has been assembled to design “tens of thousands of new homes, a 350-bedroom luxury hotel and millions of square feet of entertainment and leisure-focused commercial space”.
Mr Spencer said planning permission for the regeneration project would be secured by early 2015, with development starting shortly afterwards.
The masterplan is being developed by Antony Spencer and Sir Terry Farrell; EC Harris will provide project management and cost consultancy; Savills is advising on planning; CZWG Architects will advise on architecture and the Loftus Road conversion.