Tottenham Hotspur FC’s plans to build a new 58,000-capacity stadium on a site adjacent to their existing White Hart Lane ground are set to go ahead following Government approval.
Communities Minister, Eric Pickles, approved a compulsory purchase order made by the London Borough of Haringey, which will enable the Northumberland Development Project to go ahead. More than 95% of the 3 hectare site has been acquired by agreement and work has already begun on the first phase of the redevelopment plan. The order was requested to allow the final phases to proceed and follows a public inquiry.
The Club, who have played at White Hart Lane since 1899, said of the new stadium – which they now hope to open in 2017 – on their website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com):
This is a very significant step… which will allow a refined, detailed design of the stadium.
Spurs have been clearing land next to White Hart Lane for two years and thanks to this Government approval for the final stages of their plans, building work can now begin.
Eric Pickles was quoted by the BBC as saying:
This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support.
Designed by KSS (http://www.kssgroup.com/projects/tottenham-hotspur-fc-stadium.php), the new stadium forms the centrepiece of a wider Northumberland Development Project master plan for the regeneration of North Tottenham N17. The design responds to the Club’s brief for an iconic stadium incorporating modern state-of-the-art facilities, and recreating the intense atmosphere of the current White Hart Lane stadium to provide the best possible spectator experience.
The concept expresses the idea of “flowing football, flowing lines”, and the curved cladding envelope and undulating roof together with a subtle use of club colours evokes Spurs’ tradition of doing things with style and panache.