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KSS submits plans for Fulham Football Club redevelopment

KSS has submitted a planning application to build a new riverside stand at Fulham Football Club (FC) in west London

The sports-specialist plans to expand the club’s Craven Cottage home into a 30,000-capacity stadium.

Submitted to local authority Hammersmith and Fulham Council earlier this month, the project replaces an existing stand with a new facility containing seating, hospitality areas and residential apartments.

The scheme would make Craven Cottage the eighth largest stadium in London if approved. The 2.4 hectare complex currently seats 25,700.

A controversial statue of pop star Michael Jackson – donated by club chairman Mohamed Al Fayed – will be relocated under the plans.

A new location for the statue is not included in the planning application, however a club spokesperson confirmed the artwork would remain on the Thames riverside.

Fulham FC has been based at Craven Cottage since 1896. The club’s 5,900-seater Johnny Haynes Stand on Stevenage Road is Grade II-listed.

Readers' comments (3)

  • The KSS proposal opens up the riverfront walkway which as a local is great. Perhaps there is an oppurtunity to brighten up some of the grey cladding? As a Fulham fan we dont often need more grey in our lives. In fact a view to the river to watch the boat race from the stand could come as a welcome relief.

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  • This article is extremely poorly researched showing a picture of the existing stadium and focusing on the Michael Jackson statue instead of analysing the stadium proposals. As a Fulham season ticket holder I know most fans regard the statue as an irrelevance merely being an indulgence by Al Fayed and tolerated by them in acknowledgment of what he has done for the club. Lets get back to what matters and what should have been covered in this article. Opening up the riverfront walkway will be a fantastic improvement both visually and in planning terms helping to relieve crowd congestion in Stevenage Road on match days and thus improving conditions for local residents. It appears the new stand has been designed so that a new upper tier cantilevered over the river can be constructed first and once finished the existing stand beneath will be renovated thus avoiding a major loss of capacity (and revenue) during the construction phase. Consideration has also been given to the environmental impact on the River Thames and the effect of the new stand on air flow in an area heavily used by the sailing and rowing clubs based on the opposite bank. The only major criticism I would make is that it appears no consideration has been given in the re-development proposals to improving the very poor facilities and conditions in the Grade 2 listed Johnny Hayes stand opposite. Architects experienced in this field could make a major contribution here. The current proposals will primarily benefit the "prawn sandwich" section of the crowd and improve the external environment but will not improve conditions for the majority of real supporters. Fulham FC should look to improve facilities in this area as part of these proposals and the AJ should refrain from silly articles about irrelevant statues and research articles properly before publishing them.

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  • I see you have now replaced the existing stadium picture with one of the new proposals and I believe added a reference to the Grade 2 listed Johnny Haynes stand, though still no analysis of the proposals. Well done - to where do I send my invoice for journalistic research services provided ?

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