Griffin Park - What happens now? (1 Viewer)

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Great!

So only the rich(est) will get to go, what’s not to love about that?!
I'm still hoping that, as well as this auction item, the club will just open the gates for a day or two - no events or anything, 9 - 5, so we can wander in, go on the pitch, look at the flags and banners and then go. If it's a long period of opening like that and with no events, nothing to encourage people to be there at a specific time in the day, social distancing should be fine. A few stewards would be needed but that would be it. No charge, no fuss. Fingers crossed it happens - at least the club aren't leaving GP until much later in August at the earliest.
 

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I'm still hoping that, as well as this auction item, the club will just open the gates for a day or two - no events or anything, 9 - 5, so we can wander in, go on the pitch, look at the flags and banners and then go. If it's a long period of opening like that and with no events, nothing to encourage people to be there at a specific time in the day, social distancing should be fine. A few stewards would be needed but that would be it. No charge, no fuss. Fingers crossed it happens - at least the club aren't leaving GP until much later in August at the earliest.
Well said
 
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Thought I'd give this a bump. We have Banana's excellent video of the lights going out for the last time and I believe the tours finish this week. We have the auctions finishing today and tomorrow and the seats are slowly starting to come out. All the auction items are collected in the next few days.

Sad to say, but I imagine we are very close now to GP disappearing before our eyes.
 

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Can we have our flags back, or are they destined for LR?
There was a note somewhere (try the BFC or TW8 Casuals Twitter feeds) saying flags which went to Wembley can be collected from GP. Tomorrow only I think.
 

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When the demolition ball goes in (sob) I wonder if will have the chance to pick up the odd brick/ piece of metal/ toilet etc from the site
 

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When the demolition ball goes in (sob) I wonder if will have the chance to pick up the odd brick/ piece of metal/ toilet etc from the site
I imagine the majority of the volume will just be concrete.
 

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The gentleman that was doing our tour said Brentford have to be completely out of Griffin Park by this weekend, they were taking the flags down when I was there.
 

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The gentleman that was doing our tour said Brentford have to be completely out of Griffin Park by this weekend, they were taking the flags down when I was there.
Well, Methyr Town are coming for their seats next week!
 

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When the demolition ball goes in (sob) I wonder if will have the chance to pick up the odd brick/ piece of metal/ toilet etc from the site
It will likely be a dinosaur rather than a wrecking ball due to the houses around it.
 

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The gentleman that was doing our tour said Brentford have to be completely out of Griffin Park by this weekend, they were taking the flags down when I was there.
Don't the auction items have to be picked up on the 3rd/4th September?

That's next week.
 

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I have heard anecdotally that demolition of Braemar Road won’t take place for 10-12 months yet. Presumably as that is where the club offices and other facilities have been primarily located over the years there is more infrastructure that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned and removed.
 

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I have heard anecdotally that demolition of Braemar Road won’t take place for 10-12 months yet. Presumably as that is where the club offices and other facilities have been primarily located over the years there is more infrastructure that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned and removed.
Yep the new road bogs will need to be de-contaminated by specialists.
 

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I have heard anecdotally that demolition of Braemar Road won’t take place for 10-12 months yet. Presumably as that is where the club offices and other facilities have been primarily located over the years there is more infrastructure that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned and removed.
Those gas lights are always a bit tricky...
 

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I imagine the majority of the volume will just be concrete.
I wouldn’t mind a little piece of concrete from the corner of Brook Road and New Road. In fact, that would do me quite nicely. Far more history than a two year old, rebranded plastic sign.
 

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I have heard anecdotally that demolition of Braemar Road won’t take place for 10-12 months yet. Presumably as that is where the club offices and other facilities have been primarily located over the years there is more infrastructure that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned and removed.
What sort of infrastructure does a football club have that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned?
 

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What sort of infrastructure does a football club have that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned?
Asbestos probably
 

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I went to Gdańsk a couple of years ago to look for the flat that my mother lived in before the war. It wasn’t there, it had been bombed by the RAF, but a pile of rubble was. I took a piece. It didn’t mean anything to anybody else but me. Symbolic yes the same as a piece of GP.
 

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I have heard anecdotally that demolition of Braemar Road won’t take place for 10-12 months yet. Presumably as that is where the club offices and other facilities have been primarily located over the years there is more infrastructure that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned and removed.
What sort of infrastructure does a football club have that needs to be gradually and safely decommissioned?
I doubt there is anything particularly challenging or out of the 'ordinary' - the usual hazardous materials (asbestos etc), incoming supplies etc. The actual demolition of structures is the easy bit but given the environmental requirements and associated cost of landfill and recycling materials these days - things have to be picked off to quite an advance stage rather than bringing in the bulldozers. I'm not sure what access they're permitted to use, I suspect only Braemar Rd is the viable option to get decent sized dumpers out so it will probably be a slow burner before we see Griffin Park truly gone :(
 

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Ealing Road has wide access.

I can see that stand coming down first. It’s probably the simplest to do.

Then you have a larger access via the pitch to each stand.
 

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I went to Gdańsk a couple of years ago to look for the flat that my mother lived in before the war. It wasn’t there, it had been bombed by the RAF, but a pile of rubble was. I took a piece. It didn’t mean anything to anybody else but me. Symbolic yes the same as a piece of GP.
I asked a labourer for a brick from the Chiswick Maternity Hospital demolition site, birthplace of Vid. It's in pride of place at the bottom of a cupboard somewhere in the shed.
 

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Is there not a fair bit of access in the Brook Road and New Road corner for demolition crews to get in?
 

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Ealing Road has wide access.

I can see that stand coming down first. It’s probably the simplest to do.

Then you have a larger access via the pitch to each stand.
Possibly, who knows. Strictly speaking, under condition no.8 of the associated planning approval for GP :)computer:), the developer should be submitting details relating to the logistics as per below. Unless there are residents kicking up a fuss however, often these conditions are a bit loose in terms of timings and enforcement...

8. No demolition or construction for the development shall commence until a site-wide
Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) has been submitted to the Local Planning authority and
approved in writing, with demolition and construction work to be carried out in accordance
with the approved details at all times thereafter whilst the development is carried out.


http://planning2.hounslow.gov.uk/NPSPublicDocs/00318422.pdf
 
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I looked earlier for a Site Logistics Plan but there wasn't one, although 2 modifications to the plan were submitted on 5 Aug. ISTR that the Lionel Road SLP was after the original clearance started but before construction.
 

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I looked earlier for a Site Logistics Plan but there wasn't one, although 2 modifications to the plan were submitted on 5 Aug. ISTR that the Lionel Road SLP was after the original clearance started but before construction.
Yep - that is very common unless someone is badgering Planning about holding the developer to account on the conditions.
 

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Do you mean won't start for another 10-12 months, or won't be completed until then?
Just that Braemar road will remain standing for 10-12 months, whatever that means. A member of staff told a friend on a tour that this was the case.
 

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I asked a labourer for a brick from the Chiswick Maternity Hospital demolition site, birthplace of Vid. It's in pride of place at the bottom of a cupboard somewhere in the shed.
Well if you want to free up some space I’ll take half of it off you as I was born there too.
 

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Well if you want to free up some space I’ll take half of it off you as I was born there too.
Make that a smaller bit, so was I
 

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Bulldoze GP ASAP. Too much over sentimental twaddle going on. We all have our memories which are precious to us. But some of you need to get a grip.
 

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Bulldoze GP ASAP. Too much over sentimental twaddle going on. We all have our memories which are precious to us. But some of you need to get a grip.
I personally think that giving a blessing to each piece of floodlight pylon before it’s carefully removed and wrapped in a white silk sheet is perfectly reasonable.
 

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Bulldoze GP ASAP. Too much over sentimental twaddle going on. We all have our memories which are precious to us. But some of you need to get a grip.
Nicely put. It may be that part of the Braemar structure will be given a stay of execution to be used as a site office, though.
 

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English Heritage are investigating the possibility. The most iconic part of the stadium.
Facing stiff competition from the MOD who are looking for alternatives to Britain's aging nuclear arsenal.
 

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I am sure I read somewhere they were going to knock down the princess royal and club shop for site access.
Can't see any other option to get hundreds of lorry trips through narrow residential roads.
I guess initially you could get large demolition vehicles possibly in through Ealing road exit. Tight though.
 

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Me too. Does that mean that you have Brentford on your birth certificate, same as me?
The Birth Index says Ealing Middlesex. My certificate is somewhere so safe I can't find it.
 

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