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Dixon Jones to replace Wembley Stadium ramps with ‘iconic steps’

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Proposals by Dixon Jones to replace the ramps on the famous approach to Wembley Stadium with a set of steps have been given the go-ahead 

The concrete walkways on Olympic Way – better known as Wembley Way – were built in the 1970s to allow pedestrian access to the old stadium over a coach park that no longer exists.

The ramps, designed by engineer Pell Frischmann, were later adopted by Norman Foster in his 2008 designs for the new arena.

Now the walkways are set to be demolished after Brent Council approved developer Quintain’s plans to replace them with ‘an iconic set of steps’ surrounded by a landscaped piazza.

The plans also include improving disabled access to the stadium with the introduction of four additional lifts.

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The upgrade has been developed with the Football Association (FA) and Brent Council and aims to transform Wembley Way into a pedestrian walkway with shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

James Saunders, chief operating officer at Quintain, said: ’We are very pleased that the plans have been approved for the final section of Olympic Way, which will transform the experience of everyone arriving at Wembley Stadium.

’We want to create an area around the national stadium that is full of life and a destination in its own right and the introduction of an iconic set of steps helps us realise this ambition.’

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The existing ramps at Wembley Way 

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  • The two plans appear to be identical - and are as clear as mud; a long section would help make sense of this proposal.

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  • Now people are describing a few unbuilt steps as iconic. Give it a rest guys.

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