Chelsea Football Club has appointed Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to look at how the club can increase capacity at their current Stamford Bridge home
The football club have commissioned a study to review different improvement options for Stamford Bridge which could include decking over the railway line to the east and the north of the stadium.
Chelsea had previously looked at several new locations for a new stadium including Earls Court Exhibition Centre, White City and Battersea Power Station south of the Thames.
However the club faced opposition from supporters and the Chelsea Pitch Owners plc, which stipulated that the club needed to change their name if they moved from Stamford Bridge.
In a statement Chelsea FC said: ‘A study of the area from Fulham Broadway town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond has been commissioned by Chelsea Football Club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
‘This study will review the potential for improvements to publicly-owned areas along Fulham Road and the area around the football ground, including the possibility of decking over the railway lines to the east and north of the ground. This could create landscaped public walkways and cycleways, while also reducing pedestrian traffic on Fulham Road and nearby streets on match days.
‘The study will also assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium within the existing historic site boundaries, potentially to enlarge its capacity, enhance its facilities and improve the movement of people and vehicles on match and non-matchdays.’
The first step for the review is a consultation with local stakeholders, including community and residents’ groups which will ask for proposals on potential options for the area.
The consultation will not concern itself with any design or details of a redevelopment on the stadium site. Instead it will ask about the surrounding publicly-owned areas and in particular the civic infrastructure necessary to ensure a successful and feasible redevelopment.