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Herzog & de Meuron in the frame for Chelsea FC stadium expansion

Herzog & de Meuron is reportedly working on plans to revamp the west London home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, to increase capacity to 60,000 spectators.

According to the Architects’ Journal, the Swiss firm led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, is working alongside Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to explore how Chelsea FC can increase capacity at Stamford Bridge, which currently offers a 41,837-capacity.

Herzog & de Meuron is the practice behind the 2008 ‘bird’s nest’ National Stadium in Beijing, China, and the firm has already designed one major football stadium project – the much-publicised Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany.

Chelsea FC announced back in June that it had commissioned a study to review different improvement options for Stamford Bridge, which could include decking over the railway line to the east and the north of the stadium, and had launched consultation on the extent of the plans. The club wants to increase its capacity to nearer 60,000.

Chelsea has previously looked at several locations for a new stadium, including Earls Court Exhibition Centre, White City and, with KPF, at Battersea Power Station south of the Thames. However, the club faced opposition from supporters and the Chelsea Pitch Owners plc, which stipulated that the club needed to change their name if they moved from Stamford Bridge.

In a statement released by the club in the summer about the Stamford Brigde study, a spokesman for Chelsea FC said:

A study of the area from Fulham Broadway town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond has been commissioned by Chelsea Football Club’s owner Roman Abramovich.

This study will review the potential for improvements to publicly-owned areas along Fulham Road and the area around the football ground, including the possibility of decking over the railway lines to the east and north of the ground. This could create landscaped public walkways and cycleways, while also reducing pedestrian traffic on Fulham Road and nearby streets on match days.

The study will also assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium within the existing historic site boundaries, potentially to enlarge its capacity, enhance its facilities and improve the movement of people and vehicles on match and non-matchdays.

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Herzog & de Meuron is reportedly looking at design concepts to increase capacity at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium.

Source: Architects Journal