English soccer club Brentford FC has submitted amendments to plans for the approved Brentford Community Stadium. The team, which competes in the Championship (the second tier of English soccer), has released a statement explaining that the amendments will be the final changes to plans, and that construction on the new stadium is set to begin in early 2018, with completion expected in late 2019 or early 2020.
Since the original permissions were granted in June 2014, the club has undertaken a review of the stadium’s requirements. As a result, the plans will be altered to create a venue that is Premier League compliant, has an enhanced urban and residential design, and reduces the risks of stadium construction and future operation.
Capacity has been revised down – from 20,000 to 17,500 – and the stadium’s location has been shifted 3m to the south of the original location, allowing for the incorporation of a road at the northern perimeter. Elements of the stadium’s accompanying residential development will be altered to create “a better and more integrated sense of place, with increased permeability”.
Premier League-compliant outside broadcasting facilities will be included in the plans, as will enhanced lighting and media capabilities. Premium lounges will also be available, with capacity for up to 3,000 guests. The stadium plans also include provision for safe-standing, dependent on legislative approval.
August 16, 2017