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Longley set to scoop football stand deal

JAMES Longley is in line to build a 25 million stadium extension and new hotel for Chelsea Football Club in south-west London.

Sources suggest the club has been in negotiations with the contractor for some time, but yet another battle, between the club chairman, Ken Bates, and major shareholder Matthew Harding, is thought to be holding up a start on site.

The pair recently had a public feud over funding; Mr Bates favoured developing the ground, Mr Harding wanted more cash made available for new players. It was understood that this row had been resolved, but a club source suggested the pairs agreement over how money should be spent is fragile at best.

James Longley is already working on a 22 million project to redevelop the North Stand and has also won a

3.7 million contract to build an underground car park at the site.

The new 24-month contract will involve the construction of a new 6,500- seater South Stand with shops, function facilities, bars and turnstiles. A 150-bed hotel will also be constructed to the rear of the stand, along with an office building for the club.

The construction will include piled and ground beam foundations and an in situ concrete frame to the third level with a steel-frame roof. Enabling works have already started, mainly dealing with existing cabling at the site.