Spurs unveils Olympic stadium plans
Tottenham Hotspur FC has unveiled the first image of its design for replacing the Olympic Stadium once the 2012 Games are finished
The club want approval to remove and ‘re-use or recycle’ some of the new £500 million venue, two thirds of which is to be dismantled, and build a 60,000-capacity stadium. The proposals have been designed by KSS which has also drawn up plans for a possible, but more expensive, overhaul of the club’s current White Hart Lane home.
But West Ham FC (also in the bidding to take over the site) has criticised Spurs’ plan ‘to bring the bulldozers in’, although this was dismissed by Tottenham as scaremongering.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘Accusations that we would demolish £500 million of stadium are hugely inaccurate and highly irresponsible. Our proposal will retain around £420 million-worth of the Olympic Stadium and we will re-use or recycle the £80 million that will be dismantled with zero landfill.’
He added: ‘It is also important to remember that two thirds of the Olympic Stadium, under the original legacy plan, was to be dismantled. It was not designed to be a permanent structure. Recent scaremongering conveniently forgets this fact.’
Hammers’ vice-chairman Karren Brady said demolishing the new stadium does not make sense.
‘It’s a corporate crime to spend £500 million on a stadium and, just four weeks after the Games have finished, bring the bulldozers in. The Olympic Stadium was built on a promise, made in the Queen’s name, to have a legacy for athletics.
‘Through [West Ham’s] design there will be over £90 million spent on reconfiguring the stadium so it sits perfectly for athletics and football and cricket and major events.
‘Once the conversion is done, with the roof and some of the seats, there won’t be a single seat within that stadium that has a worse view of the pitch than Wembley.’
The difference between the two clubs’ bids relates to the running track around the pitch: West Ham said it will keep it if its bid is successful but Spurs will get rid of it.
Spurs has pledged to upgrade Crystal Palace stadium (pictured) to make up for the loss of a running track at the Olympic Park.