AJ100 practice Populous has won approval to add nearly 100 seats to the capacity of Tottenham Hotspur’s £800 million stadium, currently under construction in north London
Haringey Council gave the go-ahead for the football club to increase the capacity from 61,461 to 61,559 and reconfigure the original seating arrangements.
The majority of the new seats will be housed in the single-tier south stand, which will increase its capacity to 17,500.
The club is set to move to the new ground, next to its existing White Hart Lane home, for the start of the 2018/19 season after spending the next campaign at Wembley.
Earlier this year it was revealed that the cost of the stadium had ballooned to £800 million, with an executive at the football club apparently blaming part of the increase on the Brexit vote.
Initial estimates had put the cost of the stadium at £400 million, although a Tottenham Hotspur spokesman clarified that the club had changed its designs ’considerably’ since this figure was made public in 2010.
Even so, according to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy revealed in a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust on 28 February that the cost of the stadium was now almost double those early budget figures.
It later emerged that part of the increase had been caused by import costs due to the poor exchange rate, which had added a ’straight 20 per cent’ to the budget, according to an email apparently sent by Tottenham Hotspur executive director Donna Cullen.
The email also said some of the cost increase was due to ‘revised basement works’, as well as work to build the new Tottenham Experience – the centrepiece of the club’s public areas, housing the club shop and museum.
A fan named Samuel published an email on website Skyscraper City, quoting Cullen as saying: ’It [is] worth remembering that the original cost quoted for the stadium was some seven years ago.
‘This new “estimated” figure relates predominantly to the stadium with some elements of substructure for the other builds, particularly the Tottenham Experience.
‘Brexit has added a straight 20 per cent on costs for foreign goods due to the exchange rate, overtime working and increased construction costs similarly. Revised basement works also added to the cost.
‘We are constantly managing costs and will continue to do so throughout the process along with funding plans to ensure the viability of the scheme.’
At the supporters’ trust meeting in February, Levy said funds for the new stadium ’would come from different sources’.