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The latest issue of property trade magazine Estates Gazzette reports that Brentford FC are looking at the Gilette building on the A4 as a future site for a new stadium if plans to move to Lionel Road fall through. The Gilette factory is to close later this year.

The suitablity of the 10.5-acre Gillette Corner site for a football stadium is still being assessed. If the Bees make a successful bid, they will join a shortlist, due to be announced in the next few weeks.

Gillette's 327,000 sq ft Grade II-listed art deco building at the heart of the site sits alongside seven other manufacturing and office buildings totalling 511,000 sq ft. The development brief, drawn up by English Heritage and Hounslow council, proposes up to 500,000 sq ft of mixed-use development. The local market has been tipping a manufacturing and warehousing-led scheme to gain consent because the site falls within Hounslow council's strategic employment area.

Brentford FC has so far drawn up plans for a 20,000-capacity stadium at a former Strategic Railway Authority site in Brentford, on Lionel Road close to Kew Bridge. But progress at the site, which is owned by industrial specialist Chancerygate, has been painstakingly slow.

In response, Brentford has signed an exclusivity agreement with property firm aAIM, which counts a number of Premiership footballers, including England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard, among its investors, to bid for the Gillette Corner site.

A spokesperson for Brentford FC said the keys to the redevelopment of Griffin Park, which has outline planning permission for residential development, "would be handed over to the developer of the stadium"

16 June 2005


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