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KPF to mastermind proposed Chelsea FC move to Battersea

KPF has been appointed to look at building a new home for Chelsea Football Club at Battersea power station

The club has approached Mike Hussey, the chief executive of Almacantar, to become development partner in the project which would see the Blues move from their current Stamford Bridge ground to a 60,000-seat stadium on a site south-east of the Grade II-listed London landmark.

The practice has initially been asked to draw up a feasibility study for the proposed relocation.

A Chelsea spokesman said: ‘In the past, we’ve talked to various people with interests in Battersea power station, but we haven’t had any substantive discussions with anyone regarding that site for several months.

‘However, in light of current developments, we now think it prudent to look again at the feasibility and potential for the BPS site to be developed for a football stadium. We have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and we continue to discuss with the local council any economically viable options to expand the Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridge.’

Chelsea previously looked at White City and Earls Court as potential areas to relocate to.

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Rob Tincknell, the director at Real Estate Opportunities (REO) which owns the site told The Daily Telegraph earlier this week: ‘Chelsea Football Club does not fit on the power station site. It would require the demolition of the Grade II-listed building which would lead to a ten-year planning battle.’

REO won planning permission for a £5.5 billion Rafael Viñoly-masterplanned project to redevelop the building last year.

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