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Willmott Dixon tops table for Brentford FC job

by Jim Dunton Thu 9 January 2014, 11:29 am

Brentford Football Club has named Willmott Dixon as preferred bidder to be development partner on its new stadium.

The club won planning permission for a new 20,000-seat stadium and a related 910-home housing development on land at Lionel Road South last month, as Great West Magazine reported at the time.

Approval for the proposals is subject to the endorsement of London Mayor Boris Johnson and secretary of state for communities Eric Pickles, as well as the finalisation of a section 106 agreement with Hounslow Council.

Chris Gammon, co-director of Lionel Road Developments, said the process of finding a development partner for the new ground and housing development had begun soon after the club submitted its planning application in May last year.

"We have had a high level of interest and it has been a difficult job narrowing it down to one company to enter into detailed negotiations on a development agreement,” he said.

"All the shortlisted bidders showed considerable understanding of the challenges and put a great deal of work into areas such as architectural design.

"Council officers have been focused on the deliverability of our scheme and we believe that the club and Willmott Dixon have in place a sound commercial model and sensitive design approach which will do a great deal to meet the concerns of local residents.”

Andrew Telfer, divisional chief executive at Willmott Dixon Regen, said the firm was delighted to have been chosen.

"Alongside a new purpose-built home for the club, these proposals will provide facilities to benefit the wider community, attract further inward investment to create business and job opportunities, and enhance the area as an attractive place to live,” he said.

“We have a proven track-record of taking forward similar high-quality developments in Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Westminster that utilize our skill-sets for delivering substantial residential accommodation within a wider a regeneration, and look forward to working with Brentford FC to create a bright new future for the club and this part of Hounslow.”

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