Community Stadium in Brentford

Designed for everyone

published in sb 5/2020


The new 17,250-capacity Brentford Community Stadium for Brentford FC is located less than a mile from the club’s previous home. AFL Architects retains the intimacy and familiarity of the older venue while future-proofing the club for its potential promotion to the Premier League. The delivered design drives forward a new model for the future – a medium-capacity stadium with almost 2,000 premium seats, joint-tenancy and a sustainable player base. The facilities have been designed for both football and rugby use (London Irish RFC).

Brentford Stadium facade sb 5 2020_AFL Architects _Buckingham group

photo: Buckingham Group

Brentford Stadium pitch sb 5 2020_AFL Architects _ Buckingham group

photo: Buckingham Group

By providing a joint venue, the stadium is built on a foundation of commercial viability. London Irish RFC will also be able to attract a larger supporter base within its original home catchment area. The challenge of implementing joint branding for both clubs has been met through ­simple yet highly effective means. Lighting ­throughout the concourses can be changed quickly from red to green. The lounges also retain a neutrality while being unmistakeably unique to Brentford Stadium – a hexagonal motif appears throughout the interiors, both referencing The Bees and the angular venue itself.

Seat colouration is not club-specific. Rather, it has been modelled out to produce the illusion of a stadium at full capacity. Originally designed for the benefit of broadcasted matches, the impact of the pandemic has further supported the use of this technique when reduced numbers of fans return to the stadium under social-distancing regulations.

Good to know

London, UK

Brentford Football Club

AFL Architects
UK - M2 3NQ Manchester

Claire Gilchrist, Associate

Buckingham Group

Official opening
August 2020

Construction costs
GPB 71 million

(EUR 78.3 million)

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Efficient marketing

Brentford Stadium seats sb 5 2020_AFL Architects_Buckingham group

photo: Buckingham Group

Hospitality options were modelled out together with the club’s financial, marketing and catering teams to provide a wide range of offers, targeted to precise demographics. This involved creating schedules and models detailing occupation ratios, views from lounges and quality benchmarking to realistic targets. The success of this study has meant that the club targeted sales early and almost sold out their hospitality months before completion.

Influenced by a uniquely shaped site

The tight, triangular nature of the site and its dramatic effect on the stadium footprint is a clear motif throughout the design. Triangular forms are found throughout the hospitality areas, in the shape of the floodlights and roof, and within the massing itself.

Externally, the aluminium façade plays with size and tone. The effect is of a less industrial, broken up massing and a varied texture to create interest. The semi-opaque polycarbonate on the higher elevation has been designed for night-time matches. The material allows a controlled amount of light to break out of the stadium bowl.

Brentford Community Stadium has also been chosen as one of the host venues for UEFA Women’s EURO 2021, now to be held in 2022.