Brentford Football Club Community Stadium

by Johnny Clayton on Thursday, 6 October 2022

By Charlotte Hutchinson and Katy Davis, Carter Jonas

After many years of studying the drawings of a particular scheme, there is huge value in going back and seeing it in 3D once it has been built.  The Planning Team at Carter Jonas acts for Brentford Football Club and their development partner EcoWorld London on the Club’s Community Stadium and surrounding residential development. 

The project has been many years in the making and it’s been so exciting seeing the now Premier League Club playing there, along with London Irish Rugby Club, and the community benefiting from wider initiatives run by the Community Sports Trust.  We recently took a team of the planning officers at the Council round the latest phase of the project to be completed, with all in agreement of the benefits of seeing it up close.  Some had already had the opportunity of going to a football/rugby match since the stadium opened but this was an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the residential part.

The rapport you are able to build with officers when away from the Civic Centre (or worse, MS Teams) cannot be overstated.  We were delighted when the usually traditional conservation officer commented that he “really liked!” the detailing (ceramic tiles and brickwork) used in one of the phases built using modular construction. 

With residents having already moved in to the Build to Rent element of the scheme, we were able to take them round the amenities (club room and communal roof garden for example) that underpin the community spirit of such a development and get a feel for the different layouts of the homes.  It’s funny how it’s actually quite disorientating being in a building that you’re usually familiar with in birdseye plan form or as ‘Building J’ but it’s equally quite comforting to showcase how spacious a 50 sqm 1-bed can be and that the outlook from an apartment is just as important as its orientation and layout. 

If we can get more officers, councillors and community groups visiting built schemes to better understand the quality and value they add to the community, it can only help to make the tricky road to getting permission in the first place less bumpy.

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