Masterplanner signals intention to hire further architects

PLP has been revealed as the architect behind a £5 billion proposal that looks sets to derail QPR’s hope of building a new stadium at Old Oak Common in west London.

Lee Polisano’s practice is working with Lipton Rogers and First Base on a masterplan that would include 9,500 homes and two schools.

The team has been brought in by Tony Mendes, managing director of Cargiant, said to be the largest car dealership in the world, who owns the 18ha site.

It is expecting to make further architectural appointments “over the coming months” ahead of making a planning application next year.

If this is submitted after April it is likely to be dealt with not by the three local authorities straddling Old Oak but by a new mayoral development corporation, similar to that set up at the Olympic Park.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers, whose team includes Populous, Farrells and CZWG, has already begun a consultation on rival plans for 50,000 homes and a 40,000-seater stadium.

The football club was in talks with Mendes about buying the land until he accused them of making a paltry offer and began work on his own scheme.

He told the Evening Standard he was committed to spending as much as £15 million on a planning application and rejected the charge that his scheme was mere posturing.

Olaide Oboh of First Base said they were still working on a masterplan but would soon be appointing architects to individual parts of the project. She said architects interested in being considered should contact them through www.oldoakpark.co.uk

The disputed site is part of the Old Oak Common brownfield area earmarked by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for massive regeneration.

Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning, said he hoped an agreement between all parties could be achieved.

“The mayor and the proposed mayoral development corporation will work with QPR, Cargiant and all landowners with the aim of maximising the enormous regeneration and growth potential to Old Oak Common, Park Royal and London as a whole while protecting local businesses and jobs,” he said.