AFL scoops planning for Brentford football stadium
[First look] AJ100 practice AFL Architects has won planning permission for this 20,000 capacity football stadium in Brentford, west London
Masterplanned by FaulknerBrowns, the 21,000m2 redevelopment of Lionel Road South will create a new home for Brentford Football Club alongside community facilities, 910 homes, a hotel and retail.
Brentford FC chair Cliff Crown said: ‘Our vision of an exciting new hub at this brownfield site has taken a significant step towards realisation with the council’s decision to approve our application.
‘This is a once in a generation chance to create a vibrant new stadium and adds to the buzz that is going on around Brentford. Brentford is on the up as a destination, with new homes, retail, sports and leisure facilities which bring new jobs to the area.”
AFL sports director John Roberts added: ‘We are delighted with the news that this fantastic new stadium for Brentford Football Club has received planning permission. We are passionate about the design of these new facilities that will serve both the football club and local community hand in hand.’
The project was approved by Hounslow Council’s planning committee on Thursday last week (5 December).
Key data concerning the Lionel Road development
- New jobs - over 200 construction jobs per annum over 9 years, and almost 300 further full time equivalent jobs across the entire development - stadium, hotel and retail uses.
- New homes - 910
- A new home for the award-winning Brentford FC Community Sports Trust together with education facilities, and facilities for the community, including a climbing wall. The Trust will be able to reach out and do more with communities in Hounslow, Richmond and Ealing, enabling them to add significantly to the £8 million worth of social value that the Trust’s work delivers each year.
- Transport and infrastructure - including an enhanced pedestrian access direct to Kew Bridge Railway Station and £250,000 towards improvements to the Station, £175,000 towards improved bus services, a minimum of 400 cycle parking spaces.
- Education - £1.5 million towards education facilities in Hounslow, plus provision of a new interim education centre.
- Public Realm - acting as a catalyst to create an attractive link between Thames riverside at Kew and the greenspaces at Gunnersbury Park.
- Development of a sporting cluster - linking both indoor and outdoor activities, including Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, Brentford Boating Arch at Kew Bridge and nearby Carville Hall and Gunnersbury Park.
- Sustainability - including rainwater harvesting and a commitment to achieve a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions, in accordance with the London Plan.
November 2002: Brentford’s Supporters’ Trust identify Lionel Road as a prospective new home
December 2007: Brentford negotiated an option to buy the land
June 2012: Club complete purchase of 7.6 acre site at Lionel Road
January-March 2013: Plans shown to local residents and fans
May 2013: Planning application submitted to Hounslow Council for 20,000-seater stadium
December 2013: Council planning committee approve the application
July 2016: Provisional date for new stadium to open