Fulham FC project over for Heatherwick Studio as Populous take the reins on Riverside Stand
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Kirklees Active Leisure
£50,692
Huddersfield, UK
star job
Perfect Gym
Competitive
Nationwide, UK
The Lansdowne Club
£21,632
Mayfair, London, UK
Everyone Active Stadium
Competitive
Bristol South Swimming Pool, Bedminster, UK
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds, UK

Fulham FC project over for Heatherwick Studio as Populous take the reins on Riverside Stand

Job opportunities
Future Fit Training
Competitive
location: Various locations, including London & Manchester, United Kingdom
CVLIFE
Competitive salary based on experience
location: Coventry, UK
Kirklees Active Leisure
£50,692
location: Huddersfield, UK
more jobs
Our home ground will blend history and the contemporary like no stadium in this land or beyond

Fulham FC have appointed global sports architects Populous to lead the redesign of the Riverside Stand at the club’s London home, Craven Cottage.

In his programme notes for the Championship match against Hull City on 13 September, Fulham FC chairman Shahid Khan pledged that the project will “transcend the customary standards of football grandstands” by including riverside pubs and restaurants, event facilities, green spaces and public access to a river walk along the Thames.

London design firm Heatherwick Studio previously developed a broad concept for the Riverside Stand and its surrounding area as part of a business case study, but CLADglobal understands their involvement in the project is now over, with Populous responding to a new brief.

In April 2016, Khan had claimed that Heatherwick Studio founder Thomas Heatherwick would “bring to life what the project, the neighbourhood and the Fulham community deserve”.

By appointing Populous, Khan is reuniting with a firm he has worked with closely before. In May this year the practice completed a stadium extension for US National Football League (NFL) franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars – a team Khan also owns.

In his notes for the Hull City game Khan did not acknowledge a change in strategy, but said he has been “deliberate in reviewing concepts, interviewing designers and studying the economics of what will turn out to be a signature project for an entire community”, so as to avoid “making a mistake that wouldn’t serve our club, the neighbourhood and all of London both immediately and for generations”.

He added that, as reimagined by Populous, Craven Cottage “will blend history and the contemporary like no stadium in the land or beyond”.

Plans to redevelop the Riverside Stand have been in the pipeline for years, with the club aiming to increase the stadium’s capacity by 4,300 seats, taking its capacity to 30,000.

The club previously stated that any design of the new stand should mirror the bend in the Thames; reduce the impact of floodlighting on the river; be sympathetic in scale to the adjoining stands and trees to the south; and take advantage of the riverside location.

It appears the project is now accelerating, with pre-application documents submitted to Fulham and Hammersmith Council last week and a formal planning application to local authorities scheduled to take place later this year. A preliminary design sketch has also been released.

Two public exhibitions showcasing Populous’ plans will take place at the Cafe at the Cottage between 2pm and 8pm on 12 October and between 9am and 1pm on 14 October, prior to the club’s match against Preston North End.

Populous have designed a number of London’s major football grounds, including Wembley Stadium, in collaboration with Foster + Partners; Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium; West Ham United’s London Stadium; and Tottenham Hotspur’s forthcoming new-look White Hart Lane.

The practice also completed the new Warners Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground in May this year.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Fulham FC have appointed global sports architects Populous to lead the redesign of the Riverside Stand at the club’s London home, Craven Cottage.
SAR,ARC,DES,CLD
THUMB21934_985978.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,312
11 Jun 2021
The government needs to urgently set out its plans to support physical activity and fitness businesses, if it intends to delay Step 4 of its ... More
11 Jun 2021
Glofox will begin offering health clubs, gyms and fitness studios instant access to financing, following a deal struck with Stripe Capital. The club management software ... More
10 Jun 2021
Hong Kong-based Bricks Group has revealed plans to launch its health club chain, U Time, in Europe and the UK. U Time currently operates a ... More
10 Jun 2021
A £30m luxury leisure development scheme which has been more than a decade in the making has finally been given the green light by Newcastle ... More
09 Jun 2021
Apple has previewed its much-awaited watchOS 8, the operating system for its Apple Watch. The latest update to the system will add a number of ... More
09 Jun 2021
Chinese health club chain Supermonkey has finalised a series E funding round, valuing the company at nearly US$1bn. The latest round was led by a ... More
JP Lennard
JP Lennard
08 Jun 2021
Gymbox has signed a partnership agreement to provide members of flexible workspace provider WeWork with both in-person and on-demand fitness classes. WeWork members will gain ... More
08 Jun 2021
A swimming pool suspended 35m (115ft) above the ground and forming a bridge between two buildings has opened as part of a residential project in ... More
04 Jun 2021
The number of health club members returning to gyms since lockdown has beaten all expectations, according to Rebecca Passmore, UK managing director of PureGym. Talking ... More
04 Jun 2021
New images have been released of what will become the first new public park in Manchester, UK, in more than 100 years. Called Mayfield Park, ... More
03 Jun 2021
The Jumeirah Group has reopened the 186-room The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge following an 18-month closure for refurbishment. The 17-story ... More
02 Jun 2021
David Lloyd Clubs has enrolled former Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson to help raise the profile of its new Team PB programme. The six-week ... More
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
01 Jun 2021
TRIB3 has secured a franchise deal which will see it open 20 studios across Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The boutique operator has signed the ... More
01 Jun 2021
ukactive has published new data from the National ReferAll Database (NRD) – the UK’s first open-access database for exercise referral schemes. The data shows that, ... More
28 May 2021
The US fitness industry is mobilising to support the Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMs) Act, which could provide up to US$30bn in grants to health ... More
1 - 15 of 43,312
JP Lennard
JP Lennard