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Stevenage Road, Londra, Greater London Sw6, Regno Unito: Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss
Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that, following a planning hearing at London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on Thursday 26 July 2012, the Club’s plans to redevelop the Riverside Stand at its Craven Cottage Stadium have been approved.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

The plans include extensive refurbishment to the Riverside Stand of the Club’s historic Craven Cottage home to increase the ground’s capacity to 30,000, and enhance the matchday facilities for fans. A major benefit to the community will be the opening of the riverside walk from Putney to Hammersmith for the first time in recent history.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

“The proposed Riverside Stand expansion will be a flagship development for Fulham Fc and will increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000, improve the range and quality of offer to spectators and maintain the unique atmosphere of the ground.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

The new facilities will take advantage of the excellent river views, and the architectural solution is appropriate to the prominent river location, responds to the sensitive site context and minimizes encroachment into the Thames foreshore” says the Kss architects.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

Key Design Objectives:

  • Seating capacity expanded to 30,000 without seat loss during construction;
  • The design of the new stand should mirror the bend in the river;
  • New stand should reduce the impact of the floodlighting on the river and adjacent streets;
  • The new stand should be sympathetic in scale to the trees to the south;
  • The overall scale of the new stand should reflect the scale of the adjoining stands to the north and south;
  • The new stand should take advantage of its riverside location and the longer views over the river to the west;
  • The new stand should provide a new public River walk with public toilets, cafes and restaurant;
  • External materials and colour to reflect riverside setting and its orientation;
  • New stand to provide facilities for community and other uses on non-matchday.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

Like all modern buildings, the stand will be highly environmentally sustainable. the entire lower tier will be retained (and used during the building works), whilst a central gutter beneath the main roof trust will allow the collection of rainwater into two tanks, which then can be used for pitch irrigation.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

Although Fulham haven't confirmed any of the following sustainable plans, they have been "recommended for further consideration", so they could well be seen: they include the provision of wind turbines on the stand's roof, and the implementation of two solar panels on either side of the roof. Perhaps more of a novelty, the environmental plan also "recommended" a ground source heat pump.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

The materials to build the new stand will be arriving by barge, naturally, on a specially constructed platform to minimise noise and traffic in the surrounding roads. All the new fixtures and fittings will be low-energy and sustainable, and up to the standards of 100's of different standard guides, and so it is pleasing to see that the stand could become, in theory, partly self-running. A start date is yet to be set for construction but Fulham will continue to play at Craven Cottage while work is carried out.

Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss
Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss
Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss
Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss
Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss
Riverside Stand Expansion by Kss

Location: London, Uk Architects: Kss group Project: 2012 Client: Fulham Fc

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