Revealed: images of Chelsea FC's Battersea bid
Chelsea FC has revealed images of how it intended to convert Battersea Power Station into its new home
Working with architect KPF and developer Almacantar, the club lost out in the battle to win an exclusivity agreement to buy the 15-hectare riverside site to a Malaysian-based team earlier this month (AJ 07.06.2012).
However sources say the club has not yet given up hope on its vision to transform Giles Gilbert Scott’s abandoned landmark into a 60,000-seat stadium and is still in the running if the £400 million deal with prefered bidders SP Setia and Sime Darby collapses.
The never-before-seen KPF design would integrate the stadium with the power station ‘in a sensitive, unique and powerful way, with all significant historical aspects of the power station to be retained’.
The proposals would preserve the four chimneys and wash towers as well as the west turbine hall and control room which would be restored.
Last month the AJ exclusively revealed the first sketches of the KPF plans.
Chelsea FC statement
‘It is important that our fans understand that Chelsea Football Club is not currently in discussions with the sellers of the site. The sellers have selected a Malaysian consortium as their preferred bidders, and we understand negotiations are continuing. We do not know if those negotiations will be successful or not.
‘As per our previous statement, and as these images show, we believe the prospect of developing a new stadium on the site could be very attractive for the club, and would have the potential to become one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, offering many benefits for Wandsworth, for London, and, of course, for Chelsea fans. We firmly believe our proposals could address the unique challenges presented by the site.’