Brentford FC has pushed back the move to its new Lionel Road stadium in west London until the start of the 2020/21 season to account for the complexity of building alongside a railway line.
Construction work on the 17,250-seater stadium is now four months in and progressing as planned, with 90% of foundation work complete and the steel frame beginning to rise.
The Championship club had originally planned to move from its current Griffin Park ground mid-way through the 2019/20 season, but now says a delay is preferred.
In a statement, the club said : “Given the complexity of large-scale building works adjacent to railway lines, the need to anticipate the normal delays and problems that inevitably arise in a complicated construction project, and the operational challenges surrounding a mid-season move, our view is that an end of season move is best.”
Situated in a heavily built-up area of west London, the stadium sits in a triangle of land surrounded by rail tracks, with Kew Bridge station nearby.
The project is part of a wider Brentford East regeneration programme, which also includes more than 900 homes, a public square with shops and cafes and a new home for the Brentford FC Community Sport Trust.
The club has already altered its original plans for the development, having cut the proposed capacity from 20,000 to enlarge media facilities in anticipation of the team reaching the Premier League. At the same time the stadium was shifted 3m to the south to improve road access to the construction site.
Mott Macdonald has provided value engineering, technical advisory, cost consultancy, civil and structural engineering services on the project. The contractor is Willmott Dixon.