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Exclusive: sketches of Chelsea's plans for Battersea

The AJ can reveal early concept sketches by KPF for the proposed conversion of Giles Gilbert Scott’s abandoned Battersea Power Station into a 60,000-seat stadium for Chelsea FC.

Last week, the west London football club, which is also working with Rafael Viñoly and development partner Almacantar, confirmed it had bid for the riverside site and that it intended to make a significant contribution to the proposed Northern Line extension.

According to a spokesman for the west London football club, initial plans include a 15,000-all seated one-tier stand behind the south goal described as ‘the biggest one-tier stand in football’.

It is understood that more official bids for the derelict Giles Gilbert Scott masterpiece are expected to made over the coming weeks.

Chelsea confirmed it would restore the iconic chimneys as part of the bid to provide a unique backdrop to the new stadium, if successful.

The club’s development proposal would also include a new town centre with street-level shops, affordable housing and offices.

It was confirmed in February that the site was being put up for sale, with bids of around half a billion pounds being sought.

An EC Harris report in February stated that a power station-free site would be worth up to £470 million more to a developer than retaining the iconic London landmark.

The site’s sale is expected to boost progress on a Northern Line extension through section 106 funding agreements, and current London mayor Boris Johnson set out plans to secure £500m private sector investment in February for the extension.

The Chelsea statement said:
‘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, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.

‘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.

‘Working with architects and planning experts we have developed a plan to preserve all the significant aspects of Battersea Power Station. The four iconic chimneys and wash towers along with the Grade II* listed west turbine hall and control room will be restored and retained in their original locations and provide a unique architectural backdrop to a world-class stadium with a capacity of around 60,000 seats.’

Readers' comments (4)

  • Amazing sketches.

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  • adcrawford

    The menu in the background more interesting than the scribble over the top of it. Was this done by Abramovitch between gulps of Petrus?!

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  • Emphasis on "early concept"- if you look at the size of the site either side of the Power station it looks unlikely that this side-by-side layout would fit. Looking forward to some proper drawings to prove me wrong………

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  • Chimneys? Really iconic? Form takes precedence over function, and a steeply pitched glass roof would have a more functional and visual benefit than plastic chimneys.
    The keep the twin towers at Wembley Stadium brigade are still with us.!

    Peter Banting.

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