Rod Crowley

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  1. New Stadium Plans

    I continue to argue that the proposed stadium IS symmetrical - more or less - if you bisect it down the halfway line (I.e. West to East) though obviously not if you draw a line North to South..
  2. New Stadium Plans

    I agree but I can also see why it makes sense to funnel the away fans through the Bovril Gate and to the south end of the stadium. Could you imagine how tricky it would be to get them to the MHL and keep them separate from the home supporters?
  3. New Stadium Plans

    There isn't anything sinister about it. The BBC are referring to the official response to the EIA Scoping Report which is sometimes available on the LBHF website here (http://public-access.lbhf.gov.uk/online-applications/files/ED876885DB717C501F647F065F754F47/pdf/2015_03706_SCOEIA-SCOPING_OPINION-1525567.pdf). Not an official go ahead for the stadium but a general endorsement of the approach providing various technical issues are addressed.
  4. New Stadium Plans

    Millennium & Copthorne have spent a lot of cash on making the hotels desirable so while I'm sure you're right on the break clause I would think the club will have to compensate them for their investment. As for the flats I understand that they haven't been bought out yet but it's an ongoing process. We don't need them to be vacated until summer 2017 anyway. And there is still the ongoing issue of Batesy's penthouse which h still owns. He will sell it eventually, no doubt, but it won't be cheap.
  5. New Stadium Plans

    The club will not be seeking Compulsory Purchase Orders for the flats. They hope/intend to persuade all the residents to agree to a move - including Batesy. In fact, anecdotally, a number of the flats have already been purchased by Fordstam.
  6. New Stadium Plans

    Image of the inside of the new stadium from the upper tier of the south-east corner. As knocked up by Neilando on Skyscrapercity.com. More images from other angles on that site too. Any thoughts?
  7. New Stadium Plans

    The upper tiers will apparently be 35 degrees which is actually one degree more than the recommended maximum slope as stated in the Stadium Green Guide. This is barely less than the current East Stand Upper Tier and I asked one of the consultants how that worked. He said that they were just recommended limits but that if a club exceeded them they have to put in additional compensatory features like extra hand rails and a maybe bar in front of every seat (he said they do this in Galatasaray's new ground). So basically the people in the upper tier will be as close to the pitch as they can be though some may well be slightly further away than currently (though remember it's the new fans who will get these seats). You also need to consider the fact that the ground will all be enclosed rather than the mish-mash of stands we have currently with the awkward way they join with each other. The fact that the roof will be more substantial and 'reflect crowd noise back into the stadium' will also help every spectator feel close to the action. That's what I was told anyway and it makes sense to me.
  8. New Stadium Plans

    Think the main thing that has changed it that Roman has decided money is no object. This has opened up the option of the walkway to Fulham Broadway and the one behind the East Stand to Fulham Road which have eased the highly awkward egress issues. And the change in regime at the council must be a crucial factor too. In purely financial terms the plans make no logical business sense (even if it costs £500m and I reckon it'll be a lot more) but thankfully Roman has said go ahead regardless. And it's absolutely fantastic news.
  9. New Stadium Plans

    1. They didn't want to dicuss costs, financing or naming rights. Sorry. 2.& 3.There is planned to be another consultation in September with much clearer images of the outside and inside of the stadium. And there will be a model to see too. They were keen to say they would finalise their plans after the consultation but I suspect that was to reassure the residents. I reckon the plans are already basically complete.
  10. New Stadium Plans

    1. Turnstiles when installed will be state of the art.2. Did you mean the West London Line? No immediate plans for a walkway through to West Brompton and no plans at all for a station behind the East Stand. 3. Bloke couldn't answer and I couldn't explain the question. But it'll be 4m lower and fully tanked apparently. 4. The existing underground car park will stay (though hardly anyone uses it apparently).
  11. New Stadium Plans

    1. They were absolutely clear that 60,000 on the site was possible but no more (I know some people have been told something slightly different). Whether it would pass planning is up in the air but they're optimistic. 2. No change to capacity on European nights as outside broadcast trucks etc will be parked in the underground car park. 3. The new Stamford Bridge will run above the West London Line from behind the East Stand to Fulham Road. No other changes apart from the FB walkway. Asked about a link to West Brompton but was told this had been rejected by Network Rail. Think it could still happen though as the residents I heard seemed keen. 4. Plan is for another consultation in September with definite plans and a model to look at. After that, all being well, they could submit an application in October... 5. No CPOs, not even for the Shed End apartments. Residents will be asked nicely to move apparently; -) 6. They absolutely refused to discuss either the cost or how it'll be financed.
  12. New Stadium Plans

    1. I was told 4m. Certainly the pitch will drop by that much (more in fact - see below) and the lower tiers. 2. All potential stakeholders are being consulted. An archaeological find would inevitably delay the project. 3. The while pitch will be tanked (which resolves the water table issue) if that helps. 4. Didn't ask that, sorry, but the impression I got is that this is groundbreaking stuff (ho ho). Supplementary: Asked what was compromised to fit a 60k stadium on such a small site. Was told that the compromise was that offices and other ancillary stuff had been dropped to fit the punters in. Football is considered the absolute no.1 priority.
  13. New Stadium Plans

    1. I was told 4m. Certainly the pitch will drop by that much (more in fact - see below) and the lower tiers. 2. All potential stakeholders are being consulted. An archaeological find would inevitably delay the project. 3. The while pitch will be tanked (which resolves the water table issue) if that helps. 4. Didn't ask that, sorry, but the impression I got is that this is groundbreaking stuff (ho ho). Supplementary: Asked what was compromised to fit a 60k stadium on such a small site. Was told that the compromise was that offices and other ancillary stuff had been dropped to fit the punters in. Football is considered the absolute no.1 priority.
  14. New Stadium Plans

    They suggested to me that the existing car park would stay in place but access would be via Wansdown Place (next to FB) underneath the walkway/raft from Fulham Broadway. Outside broadcast trucks etc would be parked there on European nights. Is the car park directly under the pitch does anyone know? I know current access is next to the hotels.
  15. New Stadium Plans

    The impression I was given from the consultation was that Batesy is fully on board with the plans. Quote : "Why wouldn't he want the best for the club as ex-chairman. Not a problem ". Whether that's the whole story - your guess is as good as mine.