Fossetts Farm

Location Southend-on-Sea
Client Southend United Football Club
Content 21,000-capacity stadium, 1,491 residential units, hotel, conference facilities, retail and commercial space
Status Planning Granted

Populous, Masterplan, Stadium, Hotel and Conference Facilities, Training Centre
LDA design, Outline Residential

This exciting project for Southend F.C. demonstrates how successful collaborative working between three firms of architects, each working to their strengths, can be on a mixed-use scheme of this nature.

Sanjiv Gohil, Director, CZWG Limited

For more information on this project please contact Sanjiv Gohil, Project Director.

Southend United F.C.’s plans for a new 21,000-capacity stadium is designed by Populous to be the catalyst for the creation of a whole new neighbourhood in Southend-on-Sea, with 1,491 new homes to be built as part of the Fossetts Farm development, including 439 affordable homes for local residents. The stadium scheme comprises 347 residential units designed by CZWG, with 182 units incorporated into the East and West corners of the stadium itself and a further 165 distributed across three stand-alone buildings. Outline permission has been granted for up to a further 1,114 residential units, designed by LDA Design, to be built as part of the wider development.

The move will also pave the way for the regeneration of Roots Hall, Southend United F.C.’s existing but outdated stadium, which will be redeveloped to provide 502 new homes for rent.

By integrating an element of the residential accommodation within the stadium itself, the project sets a design precedent for a new development model. The North Stand will see the residential frontages combined with the stadium's conferencing and matchday hospitality spaces. The residential accommodation will be set within a groundscraper atop the stadium.

In stadium-related residential development, the units are typically housed in independent buildings or free-standing corner buildings. However, the proposal for Southend F.C. allows the residential development to sit within the stadium itself, while allowing the scale of the stadium to remain intimate, compact and enclosed.