Is it a last gasp attempt to convince sellers and supporters that a new ground is best for the future of Battersea? Be it that way or not, Chelsea have just published their vision of a future 60,000-seater integrated into the massive building.
Press representatives were treated to fresh and juicy images today, sent out by Chelsea FC. Though only two of those, it seems Chelsea hasn’t all given up on the Battersea move option. Especially that attached statement, also published at CFC’s official website, reads:
It is important that our fans understand that Chelsea Football Club is not currently in discussions with the sellers of the site. The sellers have selected a Malaysian consortium as their preferred bidders, and we understand negotiations are continuing. We do not know if those negotiations will be successful or not.
It seems that just in case negotiations end up with Setia not becoming the new buyer, Chelsea aims in convincing everyone they’re the best option. Since sellers and preferred buyer have time until July 5 to talk over the transaction, the club along with Almacantar and Kohn Pedersen Fox architects presented their idea of future Battersea.
The 60,000-seater would have three tiers all around, apart from a massive kop stand at one end, as preferred by supporters. There would also be two corners filled with the Battersea structure rather than seating. This is how this original attempt to incorporate a stand into the Power Station looks like:
As per our previous statement, and as these images show, we believe the prospect of developing a new stadium on the site could be very attractive for the club, and would have the potential to become one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, offering many benefits for Wandsworth, for London, and, of course, for Chelsea fans. We firmly believe our proposals could address the unique challenges presented by the site – Chelsea’s statement reads.