As a proof of Rangers’ great ambitions the club has chosen one of global leaders in stadium design to create “an unparalleled centre of excellence” for the club in Ealing, west London.
They’re the ones behind some of world’s largest and most famous stadia, to name just Olympic ones in London and Sydney or World Cup venues in South Africa (Soccer City), Brazil (Natal) and Russia (Sochi). Now Populous, one of stadium-design giants, are to create QPR’s new training facilities, described as “unparalleled centre of excellence”.
Currently Queens Park Rangers train at Imperial Sports Ground in Harlington, but expect their new base at Warren Farm (Ealing, west London) to be ready by 2014/15 season.
QPR chief executive Philip Beard said:
Having secured Warren Farm, we wanted to work with the best people in the industry to develop a training ground which will benefit not only the first team, but also the academy and the local community.
Populous have great experience in this field and are the perfect fit for us.
Over the summer, a great amount of renovation has taken place at our current training ground at Harlington which has reduced the urgency for us to move to a new site.
We are working very closely with Ealing Council and are very excited about what we can create.