Brentford FC’s new stadium ground-breaking ceremony

A ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday to mark the preparations for the start of construction on the new Brentford Community Stadium and enabling residential development.

Published: Tuesday, 20th March 2018

An artists' impression of the new entrance to at Lionel Road South.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday to mark the preparations for the start of construction on the new Brentford Community Stadium and enabling residential development.

A family of Brentford supporters, Robert Muttitt, 70, together with his son, Peter Muttitt, daughter, Nicki Todd, and the latest addition to the Brentford supporting family his granddaughter Sophie, who celebrated her first birthday last week, were chosen to have the honour of putting the first spade into the ground.  

The Muttitt’s association with Brentford goes back to the Club’s golden period in the 1930s when Robert’s father, Ernie Muttitt, joined Brentford from Middlesbrough. He played for the Club from 1932 to 1947 and was inducted to the Brentford Hall of Fame in 2015. Robert’s support for the club naturally began from an early age and he even recalls having his first ‘swimming lesson’ in the player's big bath!

Robert said: “We were so delighted to have the chance to take part in the ceremony today. I have so many old memories of the Club, swimming in the player’s bath, watching my father and others train on Tuesday and Thursday nights and playing football and cricket outside the old wooden entrance on Braemar Road. Now I am looking forward to the new ground, a great future and new memories – which hopefully will include my family and I seeing Brentford play in the Premier League.”

Guests at the ground-breaking included Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford and Isleworth, fans, staff and players from BFC, representatives from the developer Be Living, the architects and other consultants who have worked on the project.

The site enabling works will be continuing this month, allowing for the start on site for the stadium and phase one residential work during April.

The development will deliver a 17,250 capacity stadium, 910 much-needed new homes, a new base for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and other commercial elements to help regenerate the local area. The new stadium is due to be completed during the 2019/20 season.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:

“I was delighted to be invited by Brentford FC to witness the ground breaking ceremony that took place today at their new stadium site at Lionel Road. When I moved into Brentford 20 odd years ago I brought my house on the back of being told Brentford FC would be moving in a few years, 20 years later this has finally come true. The club and the fans must be absolutely delighted that they now can see the light at the end of the tunnel. As well as the new stadium there will also be nearly a thousand new homes. I am also delighted that London Irish Rugby FC will also be moving to the new stadium. This will bring additional jobs and benefits for Brentford, and help with our regeneration plans that are now well underway. Come on you Bees!”

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