English Championship football club Fulham has submitted an application to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council for the redevelopment of the Riverside stand at its Craven Cottage home.

 In addition to increasing the seating capacity, the club has sought to add amenities to help transform the riverside walkway into a leisure destination, both on match days and non-match days.

The River Thames walkway would incorporate bars, restaurants and lounges that would be open year round

The request to the council follows a consultation period in which residents, supporters and many stakeholders entered into an open dialogue about the project. 

Fulham’s new proposal incorporates a modern design by architecture firm Populous that keeps in mind the needs of the river, local area, community and the club.

Alistair Mackintosh, Fulham chief executive, said: “Everyone here at Fulham Football Club is incredibly excited to submit this application, and we are confident that the plans we have laid out will both upgrade the current stand and add new facilities that everyone in the community will be able to enjoy and appreciate.”

Nicholas Reynolds, Populous senior principal and project lead, said: “We are delighted to be working so closely with Fulham FC to design a building that provides a great home for the team, and a great neighbour for our local community, all through the year. It’s a real privilege to work on such an authentic, world-famous football ground, and at the same time bring to life such an incredible riverside location in London.”

Image: Populous