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Viñoly joins KPF on Chelsea FC bid for Battersea Power Station

Rafael Viñoly is collaborating with KPF on developer Almacantar’s proposal to build a 60,000-seat stadium for Chelsea Football Club at Battersea Power Station, south London

Viñoly’s role in the bid has emerged just days after his £5.5 billion masterplan for the Grade II*-listed landmark went into administration.

The collaboration comes also five years after Viñoly was first appointed to work on Battersea Power Station by its former owner Real Estate Opportunities (REO) and one year after he won planning to build 3,400 homes on the site.

Headed up by former land securities boss and Almacantar chief executive Mike Hussey, the Chelsea FC project aims to create a new home for the premier league club on the 15 hectare riverfront site and could include lower density housing which would remove the need for a £200 million developer contribution towards the Northern Line Extension.

The stadium itself could be built on land adjacent to the landmark or partially inside the building however the scheme remains in its very early design stages.

Almacantar’s proposal is one potential option on the table for the high-profile plot which has evaded redevelopment since the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed power station shut down in 1983. If the project went ahead it would mark the fourth attempt to revitalise the derelict structure.

Last week, Terry Farrell launched a conceptual solution to the ongoing saga which would see much of the power station demolished leaving only the front and back elements and their chimneys.

On Monday, Ernst and Young was appointed administrators to Battersea Power Station after REO failed to pay back more than £500 million owed to its lenders. The creditors could now move to recover their money by selling the site or the debts.

Rafael Viñoly

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