The development will see the existing riverside stand replaced by a new two-tier structure that will expand the capacity of Craven Cottage to almost 30,000. The new stand will add a range of multi-purpose accommodation for match day and non-match day use. This contributes to FFC’s vision to create improved facilities for the neighbourhood as part of a world class sporting venue.
A riverside walkway will also be created to complete the riverside path along the Thames from Putney to Hammersmith. All environmental factors have been considered where the phasing of the development is driven not only by the football seasons, but for example by the mating habits of fish in the adjacent river Thames as well as by the effects of light spill from the stadium on nocturnal species such as bats.
WSP has provided engineering advice to the Club for almost 20 years and provided multi-discipline engineering services for the previous riverside scheme that was granted planning permission in 2013. WSP started work on the latest design alongside Populous Architects in 2017 and is providing all engineering design services, including structural and geotechnical, building services, façade and fire engineering, environmental, security, transport planning and acoustics.
Commenting on the work, Peter Chipchase, director and head of stadium design at WSP: “It’s fantastic for WSP to be working again with Fulham Football Club. It continues our strengthening relationship with them and one of the world’s leading stadia architects, and gives us the opportunity to showcase the depth of our capabilities across all engineering disciplines to help the club achieve their aspirations.
“Stadia are wonderful pieces of architectural engineering which succeed when the full team work together in an open, creative and collaborative way. They enable us to stretch our imaginations and use cutting edge technologies to create the very best experience for the fans.”
WSP has worked on a number of high profile stadia around the world including the Arthur Ashe and CitiField Stadia in New York, Levi’s stadium in California, BC Place Stadium in Vancouver and is currently working on Chelsea FC’s new Stamford Bridge Stadium in London.
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