London mayor Sadiq Khan has approved plans by Herzog & de Meuron for a £500 million new stadium for Chelsea Football Club
The stadium – a three-tier, four-stand bowl – will increase the capacity at the club’s Stamford Bridge home from 41,837 to 60,000. The ground will be enclosed by 264 brick piers, rising up and over spectators to support a circular steel ring connected to radial steel roof trusses 50m above the bowl.
Plans for the scheme were unanimously approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in January after the local authority spent more than a year considering the application and the development’s environmental and design impacts. The project was subsequently reviewed by the mayor’s planning team.
Khan said in a statement today (6 March): ‘London is one of the world’s greatest sporting cities and I’m delighted that we will soon add Chelsea’s new stadium to the already fantastic array of sporting arenas in the capital.
I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown
‘Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.
‘I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world.’
Herzog & de Meuron’s designs for Chelsea FC
Herzog & de Meuron partner Jacques Herzog previously said: ‘Pierre [de Meuron] and I have always admired traditional English stadiums because of their specific atmosphere and history. Stamford Bridge has a rich history and is located at the core of a vibrant neighbourhood. Unlike an isolated stadium, it is part of the day-to-day life of the local community.’
Approximately 60,000m² of facilities for fans will be contained within two continuous ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ rings of interior concourse facilities. The stadium will also include a club shop, museum and restaurant.
Construction is expected to be completed by 2021.
Herzog & de Meuron has designed a number of high-profile stadiums, including St Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland; the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany; the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in France; and the 2008 Olympic Games National Stadium in Beijing, China.
Herzog & de Meuron’s Allianz Arena in Munich