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KSS-Spurs bid vows to demolish two-thirds of Olympic Stadium

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The KSS Group-designed bid for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to operate the Olympic Stadium in east London after the games involves demolishing most of the Populous-designed structure

Currently battling head to head against an alternative bid by West Ham United Football Club and Newham Council, KSS chairman David Keirle has revealed new details about Spurs £250 million plans for the venue.

Under the plans, most of Populous’ £496 million arena will be torn down because the design lacks the suites, boxes, hospitality areas and roof necessary for it to operate as a base for a football club – claims the architect.

The stadium’s podium and road layout will remain along with up to £300 million worth of infrastructure improvements to the area, however its appearance could be drastically altered.

If Spurs win the bid, it is understood the venue will be restyled in manner similar to the club’s plans to redevelop its White Hart Lane home ground (pictured) – also designed by KSS.

Keirle told The Guardian: ‘[The Olympic stadium is] a sophisticated Meccano set. It does what it’s meant to do – provides a great experience for athletics. But football is different. Our whole design is based on bringing fans closer to the pitch.’

Meanwhile, West Ham and Newham council have yet to confirm whether they have appointed an architect to work on designs for their bid.

The winning side is set to be unveiled in April.

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