Queen’s Park Rangers’ proposed switch to Old Oak Common looks increasingly uncertain after landowner Cargiant revealed huge, alternative plans for the west London site
The car retailer wants to build a £5billion new town on the plot, masterplanned by PLP, potentially sinking the football club’s plans for a 40,000-seat stadium there.
The plans, drawn up in collaboration with AKT II, AECOM and Space Syntax include 9,500 new homes, a cultural hub, a primary and secondary school, and a new canal-side dock. Further architectural appointments are expected once the masterplan is approved.
Developer Lipton Rogers with developer First Base are also working with the company on the proposals which it hopes to submit for planning next year.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Cargiant’s managing director Tony Mendes said the company had no intention of selling the land or entering into a partnership with QPR. He said: ‘QPR are heading down a blind alley and it’s time the fans and everyone at the club realise that.’
QPR’s proposals have been masterplanned by Farrells and include a Populous-designed stadium alongside housing, and space for businesses near to the proposed Crossrail/HS2 interchange.
The area has been identified by the Mayor of London as one of five opportunity areas across London which could deliver around 35,000 new homes.
In June, the Mayor of London published details of a vision document to create a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) to handle the redevelopment of the area, which straddles the borders of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, and Ealing Councils.
The development corporation is set to be created in April 2015 and if it goes ahead would have planning powers over Old Oak Common as well as the ability to acquire land for the regeneration scheme.