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Populous unveils new home for QPR

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A new Populous-designed 40,000-seat stadium for QPR football club is at the heart of plans to regenerate London’s Old Oak area

The stadium will be the centrepiece of the ‘New Queens Park’ regeneration scheme; a 195-acre, semi-industrial site between Harlesden and Acton in west London that has been masterplanned by Farrells.  

The stadium and and its surrounding development is being driven by a partnership between QPR and Stadium Capital Developments (SCD), the same outfit that led the development of Arsenal’s Emirates stadium and the transformation of the surrounding area.

Also part of the design team is CZWG Architects which has been signed up to ‘advise on architecture’ and also to convert QPR’s existing ground at Loftus Road in west London. A spokesman for the scheme also promised: ‘…there will be more architects working on this scheme.’

Farrells had previously worked up a masterplan that included 13,000-home and new transport hub for the area but the newly revealed plans featuring the stadium boasts 24,000 homes.’

SCD founder Antony Spencer said: ‘We know we still have a long way to go in dealing with the planning, infrastructure funding challenges and business relocations but we are now in a position to forge ahead as we have secured strategic land holdings in excess of 100 acres.

‘We are confident of securing a planning permission by early 2015 and starting development shortly afterwards,’ he added.  

Chris Lee, senior principal and director at Populous, said: ‘We have seen how sport has the power to bring communities together, and stadiums are one of the most important buildings a community can own.

There is no doubt that the new development will become a new destination in which sport and entertainment will be an essential part.’

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