A ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday to mark the preparations for the start of construction on the new Brentford Community Stadium and enabling residential development.
A family of Brentford supporters, Robert Muttitt, 70, together with his son, Peter Muttitt, daughter, Nicki Todd, and the latest addition to the Brentford supporting family his granddaughter Sophie, who celebrated her first birthday last week, were chosen to have the honour of putting the first spade into the ground.
The Muttitt’s association with Brentford goes back to the Club’s golden period in the 1930s when Robert’s father, Ernie Muttitt, joined Brentford from Middlesbrough. He played for the Club from 1932 to 1947 and was inducted to the Brentford Hall of Fame in 2015. Robert’s support for the club naturally began from an early age and he even recalls having his first ‘swimming lesson’ in the player’s big bath!
Robert said: “We were so delighted to have the chance to take part in the ceremony today. I have so many old memories of the Club, swimming in the player’s bath, watching my father and others train on Tuesday and Thursday nights and playing football and cricket outside the old wooden entrance on Braemar Road. Now I am looking forward to the new ground, a great future and new memories – which hopefully will include my family and I seeing Brentford play in the Premier League.”
Guests at the ground-breaking included Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford and Isleworth, fans, staff and players from BFC, representatives from the developer Be Living, the architects and other consultants who have worked on the project.
The site enabling works will be continuing this month, allowing for the start on site for the stadium and phase one residential work during April.
The development will deliver a 17,250 capacity stadium, 910 much-needed new homes, a new base for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and other commercial elements to help regenerate the local area. The new stadium is due to be completed during the 2019/20 season.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:
“It’s great to see the new stadium development underway. Brentford FC is a very important part of local life with bold ambitions for the future, matched by the scale of the wider regeneration programme for the area. This includes the addition of 910 much-needed new homes along with businesses which once built, will revitalise the whole area.”
To keep in touch with progress and developments on the new stadium, please register your interest at www.brentfordcommunitystadium.com
Notes to editors:
In December 2017, the London Borough of Hounslow resolved to grant planning permission for the final amendments to the new Brentford Community Stadium. The amendments included the following changes:
- Reducing the capacity from 20,000 to circa 17,250+
- Reducing the stadium footprint to introduce a new road along the northern perimeter
- Compressing the stadium 3m to the south (staying within the approved planning envelope)
- Converting the east and west stands to a single tier
- Lowering the roof form on the east and west stands
- Lowering the south stand by removing the top tier
- Providing more premium seats from1,800 to 2,930. This will strengthen an important revenue stream for the Club.
- Making it Premier League and Premiership Rugby compliant from day one – both by ensuring we have 1,500sqm of outside broadcast space, within the stadium itself, but especially also by upgrading the media, broadcast and lighting capabilities.
- Relocating the Brentford FC Community Trust Offices, Learning Zone and Hounslow Interim Education Centre together in one location alongside the stadium and in the ground and first floor of the Central Eastern building – to provide dedicated facilities that can be used 365 days a year.
The residential element:
- Creating a new square, which will bring together the apartment buildings with the stadium creating a more welcoming entrance to the stadium and improving the experience for all those who will come to live at and enjoy the site.
- New commercial uses on the ground floor of the residential buildings around the square which will make it somewhere people will want to come on non-match days.
- Re-shaping the look of the buildings to make them more in keeping with existing architecture in the local area.
- Revising the plans for the proposed new homes in Phase 1, in the Central Eastern and Central Southern buildings, creating a new square which knits the apartment buildings and the stadium together providing a proper main entrance to the stadium whilst the addition of non-residential uses around the square will make it someone people will want to come on non-match days.
The project is very much at the heart of the regeneration of this area of Brentford and is a key element of the Council’s Local Plan.
About Brentford Football Club
Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in Brentford, in the London Borough of Hounslow, that currently plays in the English Football League Championship. It was founded on 10 October 1889 and plays its home games at Griffin Park, its home stadium since 1904.
Brentford’s most successful spell came during the 1930s, when it achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division. Since the Second World War, it has spent most of its time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford has been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and has three times been Football League Trophy runners-up. The Club’s aim is to play at the top level of English football in the Premier League.
The Club is owned and financed by Matthew Benham.
About Be Living Ltd
Be is a leading property development company in London and the South East, with extensive experience in creating exciting new communities and high-quality homes to both rent and buy.
Be designs, develops and manages new developments across the capital with a strong pipeline of developments across sites from Barking Wharf to Milbrook Park.
People are at the heart of every aspect of the Be approach, with each development individually designed with a bespoke combination of homes, spaces and amenities where new communities can thrive. www.be.co.uk