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Farrell’s Earls Court masterplan safe from Chelsea stadium bid

Fears that plans for a new Chelsea stadium could send Terry Farrell’s Earls Court masterplan back to the drawing board, have been played down by the club

Chelsea Football Club has denied claims it is considering a deal with the exhibition centre’s owner, Capital and Counties (CapCo), to build a 60,000-seat stadium on the 28 hectare west London site.

Rumours of the deal raised concern over the future of Terry Farrell’s residential masterplan for the area. The practice in June beat Allies + Morrison, Benoy, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Make and Studio Egret West to win the job.

A spokesperson for Chelsea FC said: ‘[We] have no plans to move stadium at this time.’

It is understood the developer made a last ditch effort to approach parties who were previously interested in the site before it proceeds with the 8,000 home Farrell masterplan. The project entered a new stage of public consultation this week.

A spokesperson for the developer however denied claims it had approached the club about a potential deal. They said: ‘[The] initial approach was by Chelsea FC to Capital & Counties, not vice-versa.

‘We have never built a masterplan with a stadium in the middle of it and we would be very reluctant to try to shoe-horn a stadium into our masterplan.

‘If Chelsea had wanted the site it was on sale three and half years ago, they could have bought it then.’

Nearby Stamford Bridge stadium has been Chelsea’s home for the past 105 years. Yet intriguingly, according to other rumours circulating during the summer, Chelsea was looking to move to another potential site in Shepherd’s Bush earlier this year.


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