Chelsea FC have released images of what their new 60,000-seater Battersea Power Station would look like despite recently losing out on the contract to build on the sought-after location.
Malaysian consortium SP Setia and Sime Darby won the right to buy the site, which it intends to use to build a multi-use retail regeneration development, but the south-west London club has made clear to its supporters that it is not in contact with the sellers of the site.
However, it stated that negotiations between the Far East conglomerate and the site managers are currently ongoing and they were unaware whether they would prove successful or not. The club have continually stated their ambition to either build a new stadium or expand their current Stamford Bridge home.
The board of directors believe that the club needs a bigger stadium to compete with the other major forces of world football such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona who all boast grounds that are above the 70,000 capacity mark while Chelsea's home only holds 42,000. The new images created by the club, its development partner Almacantar and architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, show the new stadium integrating the Battersea Power Station into a three-tier stand with the iconic towers being left untouched.
Chelsea believe that the design promotes the historical structure in a sensitive, powerful and unique way which allows the integrity of the site to be left in tact with all sentiment that was held at Battersea being retained.
The new stadium also features a huge one tier stand which will be dubbed the 'Shed End' to carry on the tradition from Stamford Bridge. The club has also stated it also intends to renovate the Battersea station but keep it in its current location.
The club statement read: "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."
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