|Category||Design awaiting implementation|
|Cost||₤ 1 mld / bn|
|Design||Herzog & de Meuron|
Description: Stamford Bridge
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.
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!
London: Chelsea given unanimous support
Just as expected, the Hammersmith and Fulham council’s planning committee gave planning permission to Chelsea FC’s new stadium. And a unanimous one, too!
London: Finally a breakthrough for Chelsea?
Only an unexpected turn of events could now stop Chelsea’s planning permission, now recommended for approval. New Stamford Bridge should be ready in 2021.
London: Chelsea stadium threatened by bats?
Roman Abramovich's dream of a new Chelsea stadium has come up against an unlikely opponent — bats. A London Evening Standard report.
London: Chelsea to buy their own brickworks?
It sounds surreally, but might be worth the effort. Chelsea FC are said to consider buying their own brickworks as their new stadium requires 6 million bricks.
London: How Chelsea tested one fan’s patience
Because the club didn’t release satisfying renderings of their future stadium, one fans decided to do it for them. And Neil’s amazing effort is the best we’ve seen of the kind!
London: So much to see from Chelsea!
They’ve been feeding us with only breadcrumbs for months. Now all of Chelsea’s new stadium documentation is available as the club submitted its planning application. Opening in 2020?
London: Chelsea and Tottenham welcome at Wembley
Two major clubs are seeking for their temporary homes and it might be Wembley for one or even both of them. The FA is open to get another key tenant at the 90,000-capacity venue.
London: Finally we can see Chelsea’s new stadium!
Officially this realistic model will be presented on Wednesday, but we’re not going to wait. Renderings and photos have already leaked as Chelsea fans cannot wait to see the planned stadium.
London: Chelsea to break the bank?
Today Arsenal have the best-earning stadium in England and beyond. But this may change when new Stamford Bridge opens with every fourth seat (!) being a premium one.
New design: Chelsea use history in stadium plan
Not only because it’s a good idea, the club was simply forced to. New Stamford Bridge will benefit from the historical layout of available land to squeeze in 60,000 people.