|Category||Design awaiting implementation|
|Cost||₤ 1 mld / bn|
|Design||Herzog & de Meuron|
Stamford Bridge – design description
Forced by Lack of suitable lands in their part of London, in 2014 Chelsea officials decided to completely reconstruct their Stamford Bridge home, an idea they had previously dismissed. The architectural work was awarded to famous Swiss team of Herzog and De Meuron and the goal became clear: increasing capacity and boosting commercial potential.
Local constraints made the challenge very hard, because the existing stadium is limited by two rail lines (both to be covered by public plazas) and thick residential fabric around with a number of listed buildings. first version of the concept was created in April 2014 and had to undergo numerous changes to assure sunlight access to neighbouring homes.
To achieve this the field will be lowered and the arena’s outer shape had to become irregular. As a result the new stadium will only rise to 46.12m, even less than the old Stamford Bridge’s tallest point (west stand’s steel pylons).
Aesthetically the stadium has numerous associations with historical architecture, be it residential, sports or sacral. The outer façade will be created by 246 brick columns with crozier decorations between many of them. The monumental structure will also resemble a temple in some ways, while its roof may be considered a tribute to the “sheds” of early 20th century topping stadiums across England. That all said, all elements seem to create a very solid and consistent modern form.
Inside, there will be room for up to 60,000 people divided into three tiers in a roughly symmetric manner (40% / 20% / 40%). The smallest tier will mostly be dedicated to corporate clients, though Chelsea included under 9,000 business seats in their planning applications (previous information suggested many more). The entire floor space of the stadium could be close to 130,000 square meters, spread across 7 floors (4-5 above ground).
Construction would be phased and the project’s beginning is thought to include demolition of Chelsea’s freestanding buildings and the Chelsea Village adjoining the south end. Then the entire stadium would be torn down. Additional excavation, piling and further enabling works would pave way for the main structure of the stadium, that could be put together in just over a year! Altogether the project, along with new surrounding infrastructure, might take under 4 years.
What if - unfulfilled stadium promises
What if? Although this question often leads to nowhere, in the case of stadiums it is quite reasonable. So take a trip with us into stadium neverland, where we find the facilities that have failed to see the light of day.
England: What will Chelsea's stadium future be?
Chelsea are continuing to consider the possibility of moving from their current Stamford Bridge stadium, despite the club receiving confirmation of the purchase of the land next to their current stadium for £80 million.
European Super League: What could change stadium-wise?
Earthquake of historic proportions or a failed attempt at secession? Europe’s top club are attempting to flee UEFA’s supervision and no longer share revenue from international games. Their gain could come at a massive price for others.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
London: Second chance for new Stamford Bridge?
Though Chelsea's planning permission lapsed back in March, the club will soon get an extension until March of 2021. But will Roman Abramovich make use of the new opening?
London: Chelsea loses planning application
Today the green light for construction of a new Stamford Bridge is turning bright red once more. Chelsea failed to begin work within the legal limit of 3 years and will have to reapply.
London: Chelsea looking for a way out?
Either cutting cost by massive £500 million or building in a new location – these are the scenarios revealed in an exclusive by New Civil Engineer. Chelsea FC calls it speculation only but at the same time doesn't deny specifics.
London: Chelsea shelves new stadium plan
In a surprisingly brief statement the FA Cup holders announced they will not pursue the new £1-billion stadium at this time. Plans are officially on hold and no further work will be done.
London: Chelsea resolve dispute with the Crosthwaites
After prolonged negotiations and announcements of legal battle, Chelsea and the homeowners from across the railroad have finally reached an agreement, once again enabling construction of new Stamford Bridge.
England: How much are PL naming rights worth?
To secure a naming rights deal in Premier League you only need £300,000 per year. But to buy the most expensive name it's 87 times that amount! Here's the latest valuation by Duff & Phelps.
London: Unanimous support for Stamford Bridge
On Monday evening the council cabinet of Hammersmith and Fulham decided to opt for compulsory purchase order of the one remaining house that could block Chelsea's new stadium.
London: Can this house stop Chelsea's stadium?
Monday is decision day for one major conflict around Chelsea's new stadium. If the Hammersmith and Fulham council decides to go forward with compulsory purchase of one house blocking Chelsea's stadium, the project can move on. If not, it might never go forward.
London: Chelsea to double revenue at new Bridge
Chelsea are barely 4th in terms of revenue according to Deloitte but their new commercial director wants to double revenue, promising levels unseen so far in football. The new stadium is part of this strategy.
London: Chelsea seeking funding for new stadium
While some expected Roman Abramovich to simply foot the bill with one signature, Chelsea's new stadium is likely to use more conventional bank loans for all or most of its cost.
London: Stamford Bridge gains connectivity partner
Chelsea FC signed a partnership agreement with Ericsson to ensure fast internet access to all fans at Stamford Bridge. This suggests fans may indeed spend two more seasons at the old Bridge.
Chelsea: Stamford Bridge development a positive move for the club
Stamford Bridge is iconic and it will dominate the club’s annals for many years to come but it has had its day. Nowadays, elite European sides have the best facilities in the industry and Chelsea must move with the times.
Chelsea Leaving Stamford Bridge: Good or Bad for the Blues?
Stamford Bridge is a legendary stadium by every standard and even after reconstruction its field won't be moved from its historical site. But everything else will change.
London: Chelsea with no construction time frame
After unofficial revelations of the project being delayed to 2023 Chelsea are still yet to confirm a groundbreaking or delivery date. As of now the best guess is 2020-2022.
London: Chelsea to move in as late as 2023?
The 2017/18 season was expected to be the very last at the old Stamford Bridge. However, recent news suggest the move will come in mid-2019 and new stadium won’t be done until mid-2023.
London: “A jewel in London’s sporting crown”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised the proposed Chelsea stadium as he approved it for construction earlier today!