Chelsea bids for Battersea Power Station
Chelsea FC has lodged a bid to buy Battersea Power Station and build itself a new football stadium on the 39 acre site.
A joint bid with property development partner Almacantar has been submitted to the administrators looking to sell the site.
“We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful,” the club said in a statement. “We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.”
It added: “We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea’s architects and planning experts have developed a plan to preserve all the significant aspects of Battersea Power Station, including the four iconic chimneys and wash towers and the Grade II* listed west turbine hall and control room. These would be restored and retained in their original locations and provide a backdrop to the 60,000 seater stadium.
Following feedback from fans, the stadium proposed is rectangular in shape with four separate stands. Initial plans include a 15,000-all seated one-tier stand behind the south goal, likely to be the biggest one-tier stand in football.
The development would also include a ‘town centre’ with shops, housing and offices. The club is also offering to make ‘a significant contribution’ towards the proposed Northern Line tube extension.