West Ham Granted Planning Permission For Olympic Stadium Conversion
Wed 29th May 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
West Ham United's move to the Olympic Stadium has taken another major step forward after the E20 LLP were granted planning permission to commence the conversion of the Olympic Stadium at a Planning Committee meeting in Stratford on Tuesday evening.
The club can now work closely with the E20 partnership to commence the developments that will see the Stadium upgraded to a 54,000 all-seater UEFA category 4 football Stadium - the highest category of football stadium possible in the world.
Approval has also been granted for the installation of an innovative retractable seating solution on all four sides of the ground which will bring fans closer to the field of play.
The plans also include details of a transparent roof that, at 84m, will become the largest-spanning tensile roof in the world.
The approved proposals also include first-class hospitality suites, the relocation inside the turnstile line of key facilities such as the concessions and toilets (as at other traditional football stadia), landscaping and a distinctive new building that is set to become the Hammers' exclusive ticket office and flagship Club Store.
West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said: "This is another key milestone on our journey to Stratford and my Board and I are delighted with the decision.
"We always knew that the innovative plans for the Olympic Stadium could create a globally-recognised football stadium and we were confident that planning permission would be granted to allow the conversion work to begin.
"For me and my team the hard work is only just beginning. This is an incredible opportunity to create a world-class stadium for West Ham supporters that will exceed their expectations and the chance to really deliver a lasting legacy for London."
The approved planning application will now be referred to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for final ratification before work on the transformation can get underway later this year.
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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