Chelsea shoots for Battersea

 

Chelsea Football Club is pushing ahead with ambitious proposals to move its home to the Battersea Power Station site.


 

The Premier League club has submitted a bid to acquire the 40-acre South London site with developer Almacantar. Bids were due in to the site’s administrator Ernst & Young and agent Knight Frank by 12 o’clock today.


 

Chelsea’s proposal with Mike Hussey’s Almacantar would see a 60,000-seat rectangular stadium created at the site, including a 15,000-all seated one-tier stand behind the south goal - likely to be the biggest one-tier stand in football.


 

The development would also include a town centre with street-level shops, affordable housing and offices. The club said it would make a “significant contribution” towards the Northern Line extension to the site.


 

The power station’s four iconic chimneys and wash towers and Grade II listed west turbine hall and control room would be restored and retained in their original locations.


 

In a statement to fans, the club said: “Battersea Power Station is one of London's most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

However, Chelsea warned that the process could run for a number of months and acknowledged that it must win over local planning authority Wandsworth, which opposes the idea of a football stadium at the site, as well as the Greater London Authority and heritage bodies.


 

It must also win the backing of its own fans and the shareholders in Chelsea Pitch Owners, which owns Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home.   

 

“We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful. We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site,” it said.


 

It added: “We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.” 


 

Architects Rafael Viñoly and KPF are working on the proposals.


 

Other potential bidders for the site include Hutchison Whampoa and Malaysian investor SP Setia.

 

Julia.cahill@estatesgazette.com

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