Chelsea explores new sites to cut costs



Linkedin Twitter

Chelsea FC_update May 2019 Image: Chelsea FC / Herzog & de Meuron

The design team working on expansion plans for Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium are attempting to revive the project by slashing costs by as much as £500 million, Architects’ Journal reported.

Sources close to the project have confirmed that alternative sites are now being looked at, with club bosses believed to be open to the idea of a new location, the Journal said citing its sister title New Civil Engineer.

However, with planning permission already in place for a Herzog & de Meuron-designed stadium, featuring 264 brick-clad buttresses, it is understood the preferred option is to remain at the current Stamford Bridge site, the report said.

Chelsea bosses halted expansion plans last May after the initial cost of the project almost doubled to around £1 billion. At the time, a spokesperson for Chelsea said the club’s proposed 60,000-seater stadium had been put on ice due to an ’unfavourable investment climate’.

It is understood that the club wants the cost to be reduced by ’around £500million’, before it gives the green light for the project to be restarted. However a spokesperson for the club confirmed that the stadium was still ‘completely on hold’, adding that ‘there has been no time frame set for a reconsideration of this position’.

Aecom is the strategic planner on the job, with WSP and Schlaich Bergermann acting as structural engineers.

Shortly before the project was paused, VolkerFitzpatrick had been named as the preferred bidder for a £95 million contract for piling and diversion works at the stadium. Since then, Ineos owner and Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe has repeatedly been linked with a £2 billion takeover of the club.

However, New Civil Engineer reported that Chelsea bosses have held informal talks with stadium designers, suggesting that if the cost can be brought down then the project could be restarted under the current ownership.

Under the original plan, the existing 41,600-seater stadium in west London would be demolished to make way for the construction of the new 60,000 capacity football stadium and an ancillary stadium.

Continue to follow Coliseum for latest updates on venues business news. Coliseum is dedicated towards building the best global community of sports and entertainment venue executives and professionals creating better and more profitable venues.

Coliseum facilitates a dialogue between stadiums, arenas, clubs, leagues and experts and enables them to learn from each other while establishing relationships. Coliseum’s digital 365Coliseum Business Center is a vast pool of resource for the stadium and arena industry world-wide.

Watch 150 member-exclusive videos with valuable tips for your venue



« Previous News:
» Next News:



More News

Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix progress

Grandstands at Miami International Autodrome

Published: January 19th, 2022

Grandstands at the Miami International Autodrome will be built up imminently, as per the Miami... » Read more

Enmarket Arena opening delayed

Omicron derails opening of Enmarket Arena

Published: January 19th, 2022

The opening of Savannah’s Enmarket Arena (US), originally scheduled for January 13th-14th, 2022,... » Read more

No public tickets for Beijing 2022 available

No Beijing 2022 tickets for public

Published: January 19th, 2022

No tickets will be sold for the upcoming Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing due to the... » Read more

Saudi Arabia permitting the commercialisation of sport facilities

Saudi Arabia historic move on sports venues

Published: January 19th, 2022

In a historic moment for the sports industry in Saudi Arabia, a royal decree was issued recently... » Read more


Receive global sports venue NEWS twice a week in your inbox