Chelsea FC have appointed Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to study how they could increase capacity at their Stamford Bridge home.
The study will look at different improvement options for Stamford Bridge, which could include decking over the railway line to the east and the north of the stadium. This follows the failure to find an appropriate site within either the Earls Court or Battersea Power Station regeneration schemes.
In a statement 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.”
Chelsea Pitch Owners, the company separate to the Football Club, who own the actual pitch, said: “We have recently been invited to meet consultants appointed by Mr Abramovich to consider improvements to the area surrounding Stamford Bridge, including, potentially, walkways over the adjacent rail tracks that may allow an increase in stadium capacity. However, this is a consultation exercise and as far as we know the Club has no specific plans at present either to expand Stamford Bridge, or to move to a new ground. We continue to engage constructively with the Club.”
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has said on a number of occasions that they see Chelsea FCs future at Stamford Bridge, and that they believe capacity improvements could be made on that site. However, the recently elected Labour administration has made no statement as yet.