QPR Handed Significant Boost To New Stadium Plans
Wed 28th Jan 2015 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes has welcomed the comments by Sir Edward Lister that Old Oak regeneration should be stadium-led.
Sir Edward's comments give a significant boost to the Premier League club’s hopes of building a new stadium near Loftus Road.
Old Oak Common has been identified as an area where the club’s new home can be housed, and Fernandes confirmed work continues on what would be a multi-billion pound regeneration project, which will deliver much more than just a stadium, also providing thousands of homes, creating tens of thousands of jobs and providing community facilities.
Today the club launch a new film that shows how new stadia such as the Olympic Park and the Emirates Stadium can deliver regeneration – and why the same can happen at Old Oak if QPR move there.
“This is another important boost to our plans, and to the overall plan of regenerating Old Oak – London’s forgotten quarter,” Fernandes told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I spent last Tuesday at various meetings and I’m more optimistic that things are falling into place.”
The club plans to transform a large area of under-used land at Old Oak into a thriving and sustainable new quarter for London – with a new stadium acting as the catalyst for new homes, businesses, schools, health facilities and jobs for local people.
QPR are working with the three local Boroughs, the Greater London Authority and local groups to ensure that community benefits are at the heart of the club’s scheme.
“We have worked hard and things are moving in the right direction,” Fernandes added.
“What I can say to our fans is that it’s a daily project with daily effort.
“We have a separate team led by Mark Donnelly (QPR’s COO) and Antony Spencer (Stadium Capital Developments), and we have the support of key decision makers, who we will continue to work closely with to make it happen.
“There is a compelling argument for how a new stadium will transform the area.
“I am confident we will find a way to work with the major landowners there, so I remain optimistic that we will find a way to deliver this dream.”
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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