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PLANS for a luxury hotel as part of The 02 development will be scuppered if the Government fails to award the scheme with a regional casino, says its owner.

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) UK CEO and president David Campbell has admitted the 300-room hotel could be in doubt as part of a £500million plan to turn the former Millennium Dome into an entertainment hub.

He said: ``The two are completely connected; economically we need the two to work together. It is quite a risky venture to put a five-plus star hotel in this area if we don't have a casino.

The Mayor of London has publicly said there should be two casinos in London and if there is only one, this should be the site. I think missing out on a hotel will be a big loss.''


South African company Kerzner International would operate the O2's casino and resort-style hotel, designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership.

The Government is expected to announce the site of the country's super-casino at the end of 2006 as part of reforms to the Gambling Act, with Blackpool touted as a front-runnerThe O2 is part of a £2bn renegeration of the Greenwich Peninsula, from which the Government predicts it will recoup £550m for the public purse over the next 25 years.

Mr Campbell would not comment on how much the venue would generate in its first year of operation but said if the casino plans fell through it would not affect the viability of the scheme.

He added: ``The development will make a much better return overall with the casino but it can still stand on its own feet.''


In May, AEG announced a £6m a year deal with mobile phone company O2 to rebrand the Millennium Dome into an entertainment venue with a 23,000-seater indoor arena at its heart.


Greenwich Council gave outline planning permission for the project last Thursday, September 29, with the concrete core of the music arena near completion.

The first phase, to open in April 2007, will include the arena, cinemas, restaurants, an ice-rink, music club and 1,800-seat Las Vegas-style theatre.
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That is ALOT of stadiums for one city!!

I like how Arsenals current stadium will be turned into apartments with a lovely garden thing in the middle. Very innovative and beautiful; And whoever lives there has a great story to tell to all the visitors of what his building used to be....

The olympic stadium is great too.... They all look pretty good, really.

I'm most suprised though at that huge development/construction site going on for the Olympic Complex; It looks like it's relatively close to Canary Wharf, so I'm suprised such a large parcel is still available for any kind of building, considering it's prime location...
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PA Pride: The majority of people who have already brought apartments in the Arsenal Stadium Redevelopment are either rich or dedicated Arsenal fans.


The site for the future Olympic Park is split up into four sections acros a massive site that is essentially a mix of contaminated industrial land, warehouses, small industrial units, an immense railway yard and depot. All is going and being replaced by:
- The Olympic Park: A new collection of buildings that will be at the core for the 2012 games!
- Olympic Park: Europe's largest urban park for over 100 years, it will be larger than Central Park.
- Stratford International Station: An immense 1km long station that will cater for 300kph 400m long passenger trains (2nd longest in the world behind only Shinkansens) into London and to the European continent. Train journey times to Central London: 5mins, to Central Paris: 2hrs.
- Stratford City: Immense new development that will take over 20 years to complete that will be the new home for thousands, develop into the third major retail centre of London (ie the new Kensington/Oxford Road) and in the process becoming the 4th major CBD for London. A few skyscrapers by Richard Rogers, multiple 50-100m towers and it will be the Olympic Village.

In the below picture you can see what is the Olympic Park. The actual park itself winds along the course of all the Olympic venues but also carries on north of the image. Stratford International Station is the immense 'cut' going right to left in the centre right of the image. Stratford City is the 'tear drop' surrounding the station, the section to the north in colour and parts to the right of the tear-drop. Stratford Station which is the station for the DLR, Central and Jubilee Underground Lines, Silverlink Metro and One Railway is the rectangular site to the bottom right of the tear-drop. It is only 3 stops to Canary Wharf on the Jubilee Line.

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Was just coming here to add those pics.


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Connected to the Olympics is this interesting project. It would be over 4x the size of Europe's current largest mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden (the article unfortunately states Surrey, its actually in the London Borough of Merton) which was only just opened in 2003!




Giant mosque for 40,000 may be built at London Olympics


A MASSIVE mosque that will hold 40,000 worshippers is being proposed beside the Olympic complex in London to be opened in time for the 2012 Games.

The project’s backers hope the mosque and its surrounding buildings would hold a total of 70,000 people, only 10,000 fewer than the Olympic stadium.
Its futuristic design features wind turbines instead of the traditional minarets, while a translucent latticed roof would replace the domes seen on most mosques. The complex is designed to become the “Muslim quarter” for the Games, acting as a hub for Islamic competitors and spectators.

“It will be something never seen before in this country. It is a mosque for the future as part of the British landscape,” said Abdul Khalique, a senior member of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary group that is proposing the mosque as its new UK headquarters.

Tablighi Jamaat has come under scrutiny from western security agencies since 9/11. Two years ago, according to The New York Times, a senior FBI anti-terrorism official claimed it was a recruiting ground for Al-Qaeda. British police investigated a report that Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the July 7 London bombers, had attended its present headquarters in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. In August, Bavaria expelled three members of the organisation on the grounds that it promoted Islamic extremism.

Defenders of Tablighi Jamaat say that it is not political and confines itself to humanitarian work. It was founded in India under the British Raj and has many members in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The east London complex would have by far the largest capacity of any religious building in Britain. The biggest at present is the Baitul Futuh in Morden, Surrey, which holds about 10,000 worshippers. Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral, the largest Christian place of worship, has a capacity of 3,000.

The new building will be called the London Markaz (Arabic for centre) and will be built in place of an existing mosque on a 10-acre site 500 yards from the Olympic development.

The three-storey mosque will be designed to accommodate more than 40,000 worshippers. Its sweeping roof is intended to evoke tented cities.
The complex would include a garden, school, library and accommodation for visiting worshippers.

Islamic calligraphy would cover the walls and ceilings, the washing areas would have cascading water to mimic a stream, and the complex’s buildings would be adapted to allow extra worshippers during festivals such as Eid, accommodating a further 30,000 visitors.

Ali Mangera, the London and Barcelona-based architect who is designing the mosque, said: “People in this country build mosques with fake domes and plastic minarets to look like the mosques back home. Islam has traditionally been at the forefront of technology and change. The Markaz will reflect this. It will be more than a mosque. The whole idea behind it is to break down barriers.”

Mangera has previously worked with leading British architects including Zaha Hadid, designer of the Cardiff opera house. Mangera and Tablighi Jamaat are in negotiations with Newham council, the Greater London Authority and the Thames Gateway Development Corporation for planning permission.

Sunil Sahadevan, a planning officer at Newham council, said: “We are working towards the mosque application with the organisers and discussions are ongoing. The application will be finalised over the next year.”

It is estimated that the project would cost more than £100m and donations are being sought from Britain and abroad.
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DAMN! that Wembley Stadium is one big sucker.
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Twickenham Stadium - Expansion: 82,000




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Wow so fast...could do the whole tier in a month.
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cool. looks like everything is nearing completion. The new racecourse building looks like it will be very nice.
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Study F of the new Crystal Palace Sports Centre is amazing.

Any latest news on that?
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Chelsea look for new 65,000 stadium site

Friday, 20 January 2006, 11:11 GMT

Chelsea plan Bridge redevelopment

Chelsea have denied that they are looking to move away from Stamford Bridge and are instead seeking to increase its capacity to over 50,000.

Reports on Thursday suggested that the Blues were planning buy Earls Court Exhibition Centre in a £400m deal and build a 65,000-seater stadium.



Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge for 101 years


"We'd like to increase the capacity at the Bridge and take it over 50,000," said a club spokesperson.

"There are constraints on our current site, which are well documented."

The spokesperson added: "There has been speculation linking us with a whole variety of sites in London including Wembley, the Olympic Stadium at Stratford, White City, Battersea Power Station, Earls Court, Chelsea barracks and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

"Whether these sites are available, or not available, is irrelevant."

It is also understood that if the Earls Court and Olympia complex is purchased then it must remain a conference and exhibition centre.

St James Capital put the 36-acre Earls Court and Olympia site up for sale in December for £400m.




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If this were to be built, it would become London's fourth largest stadium after Wembley (90,000), Twickenham (82,000) and the Olympic Stadium (80,000)! It would also be 5,000 seats larger than Arsenal's (a fellow London football team rival) new Emirates Stadium which is currently under construction at Ashburton Grove, around 4miles away (or 12 stops away on the Piccadilly Line as both stadiums would be above this line). This stadium would be built above a highly complex railway junction




Map of Arsenal's current (Highbury) and new stadium (Emirates Stadium)



Map of Chelsea's current (Stamford Bridge) and new stadium (Unknown named 65,000 all-seated, all-covered stadium) which would be built atop the Earls Court. Unfortunately unlike the new and old Arsenal stadiums, there is a bit of an added distance, so the first map shows Earls Court to the south (with Stamford Bridge to the bottom right just visible) and the second showing Stamford Bridge







It is unclear as to exactly what would happen to the Earls Court District Line (4 platform) sub-surface station - perhaps the station could be further modernised with Abromovich's money









Pictures of the current Stamford Bridge (notice that on two sides there are railway lines while on the other two it is residential apartments actually built on the stadium and other land uses)














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London Metro Area Stadium Highlight: Reading's Madejski Stadium (24,084 > 33,000 Capacity)

Even though in the city proper there is an immense amount of work going on with new stadia and various expansion projects; I thought it would be good to show one of the projects going on just outside London in one of the larger commuter towns: Reading (15 miles from London). Currently the town's stadium is home to the local football team Reading FC and rugby team London Irish.

The Madejski Stadium (named after Reading FC's chairman and financer) is an all-seated, all-covered 24,084 capacity stadium. Currently Reading (as indicated by the following Observer article) are top of the Championship and are set to move up into the holliest of all leagues: the Premiership alongside the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United.

With this promotion there is a high probability of the roof being lifted up and another tier tucked in raising the capacity up to 33,000. This added capacity would make it the largest stadium (excluding race courses and race tracks) in London's metro (obviously excluding the stadia in London itself). The current stadium in its tier alignment could also cope with a further expansion up to 40,000, but after this there would have to be major work if Reading were to attract such high attendances - but it is possible.

If expanded to 33,000 this would become the 8th largest stadium in the London metro area (inc. London stadia).

Alone in the city proper of London there is a whopping 14 stadiums with a capacity either built or u/c over 20,000. Overall in London and its metro area there are 20 stadiums above 20,000 capacity!




Current Madejski Stadium - 24,084 Capacity | Soon to be 33,000










Madejski ready to raise roof as Reading warm to promotion task

Jamie Jackson witnesses how the runaway Championship leaders are concentrating their efforts to avoid the heartbreak of last season so they can finally take their place among the elite for the first time in their 135-year history

Sunday January 22, 2006: The Observer

Reading's players will wake this morning to the soothing sound of the ocean. They are in Vale do Lobo, a luxury golf and beach resort on the Algarve that is flanked by miles of golden sand and red sandstone cliffs. The trip to Portugal is just reward for the startling success they have had this season. Steve Coppell's players, though, will be afforded little time to address their swings. 'We are here for a few days' warm-weather training,' the manager said. 'The intention is to push on.'

This has been a campaign of irresistible progress for Reading. It should end in promotion to the top flight for the first time in the club's 135-year history, possibly as champions with a record points tally. The past seven days have featured a remarkable comeback against West Brom in an FA Cup third-round replay, committed yet relaxed training at their new base in Hogwood Park near Wokingham in Berkshire and a hard-earned draw away to Crystal Palace.

It is further evidence that the club will not crumble, as they did during a similar stage last term when, as Championship leaders, a 3-0 defeat by Preston at Deepdale began a run of 11 league games without a victory. Misery was then completed when a 3-1 loss to Wigan at the JJB Stadium on the final day meant no play-off place and a long summer of introspection. Now, the club and everyone connected with it buzzes with expectation.

It is Tuesday evening and the executive bar at the Madejski Stadium teems with the good and great. In a few hours, Reading will stun West Brom and their fans. John Madejski, Reading's millionaire owner and a good friend of Cilla Black, has broken off from glad-handing Lord and Lady McAlpine to offer a few words on his club's season.

Reading have 73 points. That has been enough in five previous years to reach the play-offs, yet there are 16 games left. If the club continue to pick up points at their present rate, they will end with 111, six more than Sunderland's record mark in 1998-99. Since defeat by Plymouth on the opening day, Coppell's men have lost only to Arsenal in the League Cup. It is more than 2,600 minutes since the club have taken less than a point from a Championship match. Third-placed Leeds would have to win seven and hope Reading lose seven to displace them from the automatic promotion place so coveted in this part of Berkshire.

'I know squat about football,' Madejski says, but a man with a self-made fortune of £325m must surely come with some transferable skills. Everything, he adds, has been learnt on the hoof. Since he took over in 1990, the 64-year-old, who made his fortune from Auto Trader, has turned the club around.

Now promotion to the Premiership beckons. So what is the difference this season? 'Coppell now has his feet firmly under the table [he arrived in October 2003]' Madejski says. 'And we strengthened. I gave him £1m to buy Leroy Lita.' The club's record signing is indicative of Reading's greater resources. Acquired from Bristol City in the summer, the Congo striker's progress has been blighted by injury, yet he has still scored 10 goals in 25 appearances, including the impressive hat-trick that killed off West Brom. Quick and muscular, he is a hugely potent option to have on the bench. Coppell's first choice at Palace on Friday, as throughout the campaign is Dave Kitson, a £1.5m buy from Cambridge United two seasons ago who is the Championship's top scorer with 13, and Kevin Doyle, an £80,000 summer signing from Cork City, who has 11 goals.

Eighteen months ago, Madejski's money also provided the new training facility - the club formerly used Reading's hockey and cricket clubs in Sonning - that sits on former army land. Hogwood Park has room for a car park, numerous pitches, as well as Portakabins that house a gym, Coppell's office, changing rooms and a small dining area. It is a relaxed environment. Boots are casually scattered on the concrete, players are happy to stop and chat. 'It's a brilliant, easy-going club,' Doyle says.

Coppell moves around the place quietly, always ready with a wry comment. He believes that greater firepower is the main difference this season. 'Last year we never scored once from a wide position,' he says. 'Now, the wide men have contributed [left-winger Bobby Convey has four goals, Glen Little five]. And we signed Leroy Lita and Kevin Doyle.'

Doyle's success has been rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year deal. 'It's been brilliant,' he says. 'Top of the league and I'm playing pretty regularly.' And Reading's success? 'We try to do everything as quick as possible - corners, throw-ins, goalkeeper kicking it out,' the 22-year-old says. 'We break down teams in the first half and it opens up in the second.'

On Friday this is evident. Despite Palace's greater possession, Reading are more convincing. Steve Sidwell and James Harper, both former Arsenal trainees, are impressive in central midfield. The big American keeper, Marcus Hahnemann, concedes the penalty from which Palace score, but also makes vital saves. Two minutes after the spot-kick Reading's desire results in a fine equaliser from Harper. As Coppell says later: 'We now have the mentality that we will score from half-chances.'

Hahnemann came through the American college system and did not play professionally until he was 22. 'When you play 50-odd games a year sometimes it feels like groundhog day,' he says. 'Yet even when we haven't been 100 per cent we've somehow managed draws. A big factor is the defence being together for a year now.' So far it has allowed 16 goals in the league. Captain and right-back Graeme Murty, left-back Nicky Shorey and the central defence pairing of Ivar Ingimarsson and Ibrahima Sonko are the regular back four.

Reading's closest shot at the Premiership came in 1994-95 when, despite finishing second, they had to play-off against third-placed Bolton because of a reduction of numbers in the Premiership. A 2-0 lead at Wembley ended in 4-3 extra-time heartache. Madejski, ever the positive entrepreneur, believes that it was a blessing. 'We were at Elm Park [the club's former ground, which held 15,000] so it would've been a total disaster,' he says. 'With the Justice Taylor [ruling], it probably would've been the demise of the club, as to make it all-seating would have taken capacity down to 10,000.'

Now the club have facilities as good as most in the Premiership, having moved in 1998 to the purpose-built Madejski Stadium, which cost £40m. 'If we get to the Premiership and have a year of consolidation,' says Madejski, 'then we have the ability to raise the roof and take the capacity from 24,700 to 33,000.' After that, he might sell. 'As far as I'm concerned getting to the Premiership is job done.'

Already, more than 15,000 season tickets have been sold for next season and demand will rocket further if the club, as they surely will, win promotion.

Then, John Madejski may indeed have to raise that roof.
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Hi Nick, excellent that you have included the metro area around London as well. Other cities around the world do this as well, most notably Melbourne and Sydney. London is more than just the city proper

On a different note, it would be really sad to see the history of Earls Court Station destroyed. I love this station. If they do work above it, I hope they retain as much of the original structure as possible, with of cause some modern improvements.
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^^ I'm going to include other metro area stadia in future updates - I thought that I might as well! Some of the greatest growth is in the metro area surrounding London, eg Milton Keynes' new 30,000 stadium, Brighton's new 22,000 stadium and Portsmouth's Fratton Park (will be turned an entire 90 degrees to allow for expansion possibly up to 35,000), and many more which I will get into detail about. The most amazing though will have to be Milton Keynes' new stadium which is suprising considering their position as they are currently ranked 68th of all the English football teams at this very moment and to make matters worse are last of England's third league meaning they could be relegated to the 4 league!




Milton Keynes Stadium (MK Dons): 30,000 (+ 5,000 indoor arena)



Falmer Stadium (Brighton & Hove Albion): 22,000



New Fratton Park Stadium (Portsmouth FC): 28,000 > 35,000 (currently 20,220)










I'm unsure about Earls Court Station as its kind of seperated from the actual event halls, but there would have to be transport improvements as it is as its already very busy any day or time of the week. I doubt they'll knock it down though - its older than most cities termini are!
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