Football club Queens Park Rangers (“QPR”) have unveiled plans for a new stadium in Old Oak, north-west London.
The projected 40,000-seater ground will be located approximately two-and-a-half miles from the club’s current 18,000-seater stadium (Loftus Road) in Shepherd’s Bush, a ground that QPR have occupied almost continuously since 1917.
It is anticipated that the stadium will be a driving force in the regeneration of the area, with plans to build 24,000 new residential homes and create 50,000 jobs in a commercial development including a luxury hotel, studios, offices, a cinema and restaurants. Furthermore, Old Oak is to be the site of a key new hub station for the HS2 railway, as well as forming part of the London Crossrail project.
The club is confident of securing planning permission for the new stadium by early 2015, with development beginning shortly thereafter. The railway station is targeted for completion in 2026, with the whole redevelopment project expected to be completed in 2043.