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13,000-seater venue mooted for London sports centre

A new “event/performance” venue could be built at the Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Centre in west London, according to reports.

Documents seen by the Standard state that the facility would have a capacity of 13,000, making it one of the larger indoor venues in London, ahead of the SSE Arena in Wembley.

Various investors are believed to have been contacted about the proposal, which, according to the Standard, has been named ‘Project Bolt’.

Initial contact has been in the form of a questionnaire, in which Hammersmith & Fulham Council said it has appointed architectural design firm Populous to draw up early plans.

Reports of a venue at the site, near to Wormword Scrubs prison, have been circulating for some time.

Last year, it emerged that English Championship football club Queens Park Rangers had held discussions over building a 30,000-capacity stadium at the location.

However, the new questionnaire said that the mooted facility would either be stand-alone or “integrated with a community stadium”, with the council keen to preserve the current athletics facilities.

The Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Centre is currently home to the Thames Valley Harrier athletics club.

A council spokesman told the Standard: “Our subsidy for the stadium in its current form is unsustainable. We have asked a masterplan architect to draw up options.”

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