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Populous reveals new Spurs mega-stadium

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Populous has unveiled long-awaited proposals for Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, which will also host at least two American Football games a year

As first revealed by the AJ in 2013, the 61,000-capacity mega-venue at White Hart Lane will feature a retractable natural turf football pitch, which will slide out to reveal an NFL-compliant surface.

The latest plans, due to be submitted to Haringey Council in the coming weeks, also feature the largest single-tier stand in the UK – a huge17,000-seat structure.

Spurs’ revised proposals, officially named the Northumberland Development Project, have emerged just days after Premier League rivals Chelsea began consultation on their own redevelopment proposals drawn up by Herzog & de Meuron (see AJ 03.07.15).

Populous’ senior principal Christopher Lee said the concept marked ‘a new generation of stadia design’, which provides ‘an unparallelled experience for all fans’ and not just those in the corporate boxes.

‘It will be like no other’

He added: ‘The seating bowl is designed to create an intimate relationship between player and spectator, its 17,000-capacity single-tier end stand, a tribute to traditional English football grounds … will be the engine that drives the intensity and atmosphere in the new Spurs stadium. It will be like no other.’

Populous' multi-use proposals for a Tottenham Hotspur stadium - south section

Populous’ multi-use proposals for a Tottenham Hotspur stadium - south section

Tottenham Hotspur brought in Populous in late 2013 to rethink architect KSS’ already-consented £400 million, 56,000-seat stadium scheme for the north London site. The Olympic stadium architect has already worked on a similar retractable pitch design at the Arizona Cardinals’ home stadium in Phoenix.

Over the last eight years the club has worked on numerous options for the area around the ground as part of its Northumberland Development Project – initially using Make Architects (AJ 01.10.10).

Populous’ wider design team also includes Allies & Morrison - the architect behind the 579 new homes proposed across four residential blocks south of the stadium - as well as Donald Insall Associates as heritage architect.

The ‘visually dramatic’ new stadium is expected to open in August 2018 in time for the 2018/19 season.

The proposals at a glance:

  • Improved sightlines for all spectators.
  • Modern technology integral to the design from the outset, to enhance the fan experience.
  • An increased capacity stadium – up from 56,250 to 61,000 seats with the largest single tier stand in the UK, now increased to 17,000 seats.
  • Dedicated facilities for American football – including a fully retractable pitch revealing a second playing surface, compliant to NFL standards and capable of hosting a range of other events while protecting the integrity of the playing surface.
  • A new terrace on the High Road to host The Tottenham Experience – a permanent visitors centre including an interactive museum to celebrate club history and local heritage; a cinema; the club megastore; ticket office; and café.
  • A permanent viable use for the Grade II-listed Warmington House – incorporated as part of The Tottenham Experience to house the new museum, blending old architecture with new.
  • Improved crowd management arrangements along the High Road, with the removal of three buildings that currently create a pinch point along Tottenham High Road, where the pavement is just 2m wide, resulting in people walking in the bus lane and the road. It will be replalced by a much wider pavement to cope with large crowds.
  • Enhanced public open space, comparable in area to Trafalgar Square, includes a multi-use games area, high-quality landscaping, cafés, dedicated events and community programmes managed by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Visitors will be able to walk uninterrupted all the way round the stadium.
  • A 180-bedroom hotel with a dedicated training programme for the hospitality industry, providing high-quality accommodation in Tottenham and opening up new career opportunities for local people. Forty-nine serviced apartments will occupy the upper floors.
  • A new building to host extreme sports, bringing people to Tottenham on a daily basis with activities for all ages, and including the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world.
  • A ‘Sky Walk’ –an adrenaline-filled experience involving walking on top of the stadium, with spectacular views across London.
  • 579 new homes, including affordable housing designed by Allies & Morrison – up from 285 homes in the current permission, meeting a key need for more homes in London.  Set out across four new residential buildings, every apartment will enjoy access to a private balcony in addition to communal gardens and children’s play areas.
  • A new community health centre serving the area’s existing and new residents, improving access to GPs and health screening.


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  • So they eventually founnd a way to get rid of all those other bothersome old buildings that the local community were so keen to keep then. Replaced with cheap glass buildings of the same height... how miserable.

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