Chelsea Football Club has made a bid for Battersea Power Station which could trigger a £1bn redevelopment of the site in a brand new 60,000-seater stadium.

The bid could signal the end of the Blues’ 107-year residence at Stamford Bridge although there are numerous hurdles to over come yet. A club statement read: “We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful. 

“We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.  We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.”

The 39-acre site is one of London's most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world. Chelsea are working with architects and planning experts to preserve all the significant aspects of Battersea Power Station. 

The four iconic chimneys and wash towers along with the Grade II listed west turbine hall and control room will be restored and retained in their original locations and provide a unique architectural backdrop to a world-class stadium with a capacity of around 60,000 seats.

"Following feedback from fans, our initial plans include a 15,000-all seated one-tier stand behind the south goal, likely to be the biggest one-tier stand in football,” the statement continued. "Also as suggested by many fans, the stadium proposed is rectangular in shape with four separate stands. The design includes a bigger family area and more room for disabled supporters."

As well as a new home for the club, the development would include a town centre with substantial street-level retail shops, affordable housing and offices. Chelsea have also revealed they would make a significant contribution towards the Northern Line Extension, a new high-volume transport link proposed for the area brining the whole project to a rumoured £1bn.

Posted on 05/05/2012