Visualisation of the riverside walk underneath the riverside stand
February 5, 2024
Fulham Football Club is advancing plans for the public opening of its new Riverside Stand, including the long awaited extension of the riverwalk.
The club has submitted applications to Hammersmith & Fulham Council for alcohol licences for a range of venues it plans to open within the new stand.
They include a new premises licence application for the ground floor in the Riverside Stand’s Main Concourse area, where food and drink will be provided to anyone attending the stadium, including passers-by from Riverside Walk. The application, currently open for comments, can be seen in full on the council website using the reference 2024/00134/LAPR.
This club has named this the Riverside Market, offering a range of shops, cafés and bars which can be accessed by all from the Riverside Walk during the day and into the early evening.
An area one floor below, within the Stand’s basement is set to provide conference and events space, reference 2024/00129/LAPR. The club is calling this The Orange Box and says it will provide a hospitality space for fans on match days and will also be available to promote cultural and social programmes.
Outlline of the various parts of Fulham's stadium development
The applications also include a formal restaurant with brasserie and dining areas on the first floor, reference 2024/00137/LAPR. This is part of the club’s plans for a range of dining opportunities in its Water’s Edge Restaurants.
CGI of how the Water's Edge restaurant might look
The Stand’s second floor will offer various entertainment and refreshment areas comprising the Chairman's Suite, Director's Suite and other entertainment spaces, which the club is calling Markers, reference 2024/00138/LAPR, while floors three to five will become a Members’ Club, 2024/00128/LAPR plus Health Club and Spa, including a heated open air rooftop swimming pool, application reference 2024/00127/LAPR.
An aerial visualisaition of the Health Club and Spa with heated swimming pool
There is also an application for a boutique hotel, reference 2024/00126/LAPR, which will be operated independently.
Fulham FC admits the Riverside Stand project has been hit by delays, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the demolition of the old stand proving more complex than expected and its main contractor going into administration. However it says: “We are now working with our fit out contractor, Portview Fit-Out Ltd. (‘Portview’) to minimise any further delays as we are keen to open the Riverside Stand and the Riverside Walk as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.”
The club is currently providing an interim total of 4,968 seats in the new Stand, and says that when it is able to provide more seats - which it hopes to do at the start of the next football season - its planning permission requires the Riverside Walk to be opened to the public.
Another CGI view of the stadium walk from planning documents
This means people will no longer have to take a diversion around the premises on Stevenage Road, and they will also be able to enjoy the public facilities adjacent to the riverwalk.
Fulham FC says, “ Once it is safe to do so and the Riverside Walk is no longer a construction site, we will be able to open the walkway for public access, which is something we all want to achieve.”
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