Chelsea Football Club has launched an open design competition for a landmark set of gates
The announcement comes two months after Herzog and de Meuron submitted plans to create a new 60,000-capacity stadium – featuring 264 brick piers – for the club.
The new gates will be part of an expanded pedestrian bridge connecting the club’s east stand to Stamford Bridge which carries Fulham Road over the West London Railway.
According to the competition announcement: ‘Respecting the heritage of the site, we are following the great London tradition of public design competitions for epic city structures, for example from Tower Bridge in 1876 to the Royal Parks competition for gates to Hyde Park today.
‘So the gates for Stamford Bridge will be designed by public competition, open to everyone.’
The new gates – which are to be locked in a closed position on non-matchdays – will be erected behind a row of bollards (pictured above).
Proposals must be around 15 metres wide and between three and seven metres tall. Materials could include metals, ceramic, glass or brick and the structure should be robust and suitable for long-term use.
A shortlist of six teams will be announced on 15 April and a month later two finalists will be selected.
An 11-strong jury – including representatives from Chelsea FC, the council and local groups – will then select the winner which will be announced after the final home match of the season.
The deadline for entries is 12noon on 24 March.
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