30,000 on the Horizon
the following announcement has been
issued by the club

Fulham Forever

Fulham Football Club is revisiting its plans to increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000 and is looking carefully at how the Riverside Stand can be developed to achieve this aspiration.

To help us work up more detailed plans we would welcome your thoughts on our initial ideas. The Club will be holding a public exhibition where staff from the Club will be available to answer questions about the plans.

This will take place at The Cafe at the Cottage, in the Johnny Haynes Stand, Stevenage Road on:

  1. 1Wednesday 19 October (between 10am – 12noon and 4pm-8pm)

  2. 2Thursday 20 October (between 10am – 12noon and 4pm-8pm)

  3. 3Saturday 22 October (between 10am – 3pm)

Headline Benefits

  1. 1Improved matchday facilities for fans

  2. 2A new riverside walk along the Thames that is open and accessible to the public

  3. 3New community facilities along the Thames

“We are confident that a redevelopment will improve the fans matchday experience by enhancing the facilities, whilst remaining sympathetic to the design of this historic ground. Naturally our core family values, and the tradition of the football club, continue to be at the forefront of everything we do.

“ We are still in the very early stages of the planning process and we would very much welcome your thoughts on our initial ideas.”

Alistair Mackintosh,Chief Executive
Fulham Football Club

Some artists’ renditions are shown below, very early back of the envelope style, the last three. It will be interesting to see how close to any future reality these are. I remember, with some trepidation, what happened the last time we were shown ambitious re-development plans! – billp

Since the above image was created it appears that a window has ben deleted and the Putney Riverside floodlight has been removed (naturally as the lighting will be contained in the roof of the stand).

Reconnected Riverside Walk

At present the riverside walk between Putney and Hammersmith stops and is diverted around Craven Cottage via Stevenage Park. Our proposal will create a new pedestrian path along the river Thames that will be open and accessible to the general public and extends the riverside walk.

The new riverside walk will be cantilevered over the river to maintain existing flood capacity.

Stadium Access and Egress

At the last consultation, a lot of people asked us to introduce direct access into and out of the ground from the riverside walk and Bishops Park. This will help reduce the crowd congestion on match days, and fits with our aim of providing a continuous river walk.

Riverside Navigation

Fender piles will be constructed to protect riverside walkway from river craft.

Improved stadium facilities

The expanded stand provides a wonderful opportunity for us to improve the experience for our fans. We can remove the pillars that currently restrict views, provide screens to show match-action replays, make the seating and viewing more comfortable and improve facilities for everyone.

The new stand will also provide a larger club shop, new restaurants and a wide range of bars and food outlets, plus substantially increase the number of public convenience facilities.

Key Design Objectives

  1. BulletSeating capacity expanded to 30,000 without seats loss during construction.

  2. BulletThe design of the new stand should mirror the bend in the river.

  3. BulletNew stand should reduce the impact of the floodlighting on the river and adjacent streets.

  4. BulletThe new stand should be sympathetic in scale to the trees to the south.

  5. BulletThe overall scale of the new stand should reflect the scale of the adjoining stands to the north and south.

  6. BulletThe new stand should take advantage of its riverside location and the longer views over the river to the west.

  7. BulletThe new stand should provide a new public riverside walkway with public toilets, cafes and restaurant.

  8. BulletExternal materials and colour to reflect riverside setting and its orientation.

  9. BulletNew stand to provide facilities for community and other uses on non-matchday.

Remember these from 2002?

And do you also remember this?

BBC Sport website: Thursday, 17 January, 2002, 11:34 GMT

  1. Fulham stadium boost

Fulham have ambitious plans for Craven Cottage

Fulham have been given the go-ahead for the £70m redevelopment of their Craven Cottage ground.

The west London club, backed by millionaire Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, was given the green light in the High Court to improve their stadium on the banks of the River Thames.

“A new stadium is vital for our future” Jean Tigana

Fulham said they were "extremely pleased" by Mr Justice Collins' decision to dismiss the appeal by 11 local residents, asking for the Secretary of State to personally determine the club's planning application.

Fulham will now finalise plans to ground-share at QPR's Loftus Road next season while the capacity at their own stadium is raised from 20,787 to 30,000.

When both Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council and the Goverment gave the go-ahead for the project, Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed described it as "a momentous day".

But a small group of local residents did not share Al Fayed's enthusiasm.

The residents had been pushing for a public inquiry, which could have delayed the start of building by a year.

The so-called 'Fulham Alliance' said the issues surrounding the proposed improvements to the 105-year-old stadium were "too important" to be ruled on by the local council.

Lawyers for the residents said the new ground will have a "damaging and massively intrusive effect".

And they accused Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, former Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions, of acting "unreasonably and unlawfully".

But the 17-page judgement said the decision-makers had regard "to the relevant issues" and were "compliant and fair."

A three-day judicial review examined the issues in November but Fulham have had to wait until now for the final decision.

Fulham still have to move out of Craven Cottage at the end of this season.

Following promotion to the First Division in 1999, Fulham were given three years to demolish their terraces and develop an all-seater stadium.

But the redevelopment of Craven Cottage is vital to Fulham's future.

That point is not lost on manager Jean Tigana, who has identified the link between what happens off the field and his chances of taking Fulham forward on it.

Tigana told the club's website: "Great facilities are part of my vision for Fulham, and a new stadium is vital for our future.

"I want my Fulham club to attract the best players and to play in Europe.

"A new stadium is important for both of these."

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