English Premier League football club Fulham has appointed Buckingham Group Contracting as the lead contractor for the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand at its Craven Cottage stadium.

Work on the project is expected to begin next May and it will take around two years to complete in time for the 2021-22 season.

Buckingham Group Contracting will work with architecture firm Populous on the new stand, which will feature a new river wall and a public riverside walk.

Fulham received approval for the plans back in March. The redevelopment will increase Craven Cottage’s capacity from 25,700 to 29,600, with shops, cafes and luxury apartments to also form part of the plans.

The Evening Standard newspaper has reported that the London club will be forced to play with just three sides of Craven Cottage open while work on the redevelopment is carried out.

The Riverside Stand currently seats 4,689 fans so the stadium’s overall capacity will drop to around 20,000 while it is renovated.

Fulham said it is working on transition plans for the redevelopment and will consult the Fulham Supporters’ Trust on the relocation of supporters currently situated in the Riverside Stand.

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