Chelsea look to Battersea

Chelsea are reported to be exploring the possibility of moving to the Battersea power station site.

The BBC says the club are looking at building a new 55-60,000 seater stadium, and reports elsewhere suggest Mike Hussey of Almacantar has been appointed as development partner, and that KPF have been commissioned to draw up a masterplan.

Chelsea have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and would need to buy back the freehold from the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) before any move could happen.

 A Chelsea spokesman told the BBC: “In the past, we’ve talked to various people with interests in Battersea Power Station, but we haven’t had any substantive discussions with anyone regarding that site for several months.

“However, in light of current developments, we now think it prudent to look again at the feasibility and potential for the BPS site to be developed for a football stadium.

“We have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and we continue to discuss with the local council any economically viable options to expand the the Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridge.”

LBHF is committed to trying to help Chelsea stay within the borough, saying last month: “We reaffirm our desire to see Chelsea FC remain in the Borough and our commitment to help the club to remain at its historic home of Stamford Bridge.”


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