A NEW ARENA FOR HERZOG & DE MEURON
Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled these designs for a new £600 million stadium for Portsmouth Football Club.
The 36,000-seat arena is part of the Swiss firm's wider 5ha regeneration scheme in Portsmouth's docklands, and will sit inside an outer ring providing 750 apartments, new public space, restaurants and cafés.
The RIBA Gold Medal-winning practice has built a name for itself in stadium design, and is responsible for the Allianz Arena in Munich and the outlandish centrepiece for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The scheme is backed by Sellar Property Group - the developer behind Renzo Piano's London Bridge Tower - and is located a stone's throw from HGP Architects' Spinnaker Tower. Portsmouth FC's current ground, Fratton Park, will be redeveloped into 750 low-rise apartment blocks designed by Make Architects. Work is set to start on site by summer 2008, and it is thought that the Premiership side will be playing in the new ground by 2011.