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Plans for new Chelsea stadium unveiled

Herzog and de Meuron’s vision for Chelsea FC football stadium has been unveiled as part of a three-day public consultation at the club.

The conceptual designs for the £500m stadium rebuild show a brick gothic-inspired structure with buttresses, ribs and columns, reports Construction News’ sister title Architects’ Journal.

The new stadium will increase the club’s current capacity from 42,000 to 60,000 seats, while two hotels on the site will be demolished to make way for the expansion.

The Swiss firm has researched the history of Stamford Bridge, finding it to have been a 14th century structure belonging to the Diocese of Westminster.

This bridge has been incorporated into the new proposals with a link taking supporters from nearby Fulham Road to the stadium along an elevated walkway.

The scheme follows on from a masterplan drawn up by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands earlier this year.

Chelsea had previously looked at several new locations for a new stadium including Earls Court Exhibition Centre, White City and, with KPF, at Battersea Power Station south of the Thames.

However, the club faced opposition from supporters and the Chelsea Pitch Owners plc, which stipulated that the club needed to change their name if they moved from Stamford Bridge.

Work on the football stadium could take up to three years and it has been mooted that the club could relocate to Twickenham or Wembley while construction is undertaken.

Herzog and de Meuron, the practice behind the 2008 ‘bird’s nest’ National Stadium in Beijing, has already designed one major football stadium project: the much-publicised Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany – and is working across the capital on the extension to the Tate Modern.

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