Chelsea bid for new stadium at Battersea Power Station
New ground plans could produce "one of the most iconic stadiums in the world"
CHELSEA Football Club have submitted a shock bid to buy the derelict Battersea Power Station site and build a 60,000 seat stadium at the famous London landmark.
The Blues announced today that they and property development partner Almacantar were hoping to acquire the 39 acres of land with a view to redeveloping the site should the club decide to relocate from Stamford Bridge.
The Guardian reports that the club's plans include preserving all the significant aspects of the power station, including the four iconic chimneys and wash tower.
The station stopped producing electricity in 1983 and has been derelict ever since. But over the past 50 years the huge edifice has become an iconic part of the London skyline, appearing in art, movies and videos, from The Beatles' 1965 movie Help! to the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals.
Chelsea said in a statement: "Battersea Power Station is one of London's most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.
"Our joint bid was submitted in accordance with the sales process established by the joint administrators for the site. The process could run for a number of months. We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful."
Chelsea have been looking to move for a number of years, despite expensive redevelopments of their home since 1905. The Stamford Bridge site is hemmed in by railway lines, making expansion of the capacity to a figure that could compete with Manchester United, who can fit 76,000 into Old Trafford, or Arsenal, whose Emirates Stadium holds 60,000, difficult.
It appears that the pitch would be sited on a different part of the plot to the power station itself, although it could be incorporated into the stadium.
The statement explains: "The four iconic chimneys and wash towers along with the Grade II listed west turbine hall and control room will be restored and retained in their original locations and provide a unique architectural backdrop to a world-class stadium with a capacity of around 60,000 seats.
"Following feedback from fans, our 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. Also as suggested by many fans, the stadium proposed is rectangular in shape with four separate stands.”