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Battersea?

Chelsea might be just testing the water for other reasons, but the idea of preserving the site and, presumably, sticking a 60,000ish football stadium within Battersea power station sounds like an interesting idea to me.

Chelsea bid for Battersea plot
May 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

Chelsea have submitted a bid to acquire the Battersea Power Station site for the construction of a 60,000-seater stadium.

Chelsea made the announcement on Friday they and property development partner Almacantar were hoping to acquire the 39 acres of land with a view to redeveloping the site should the Blues relocate from Stamford Bridge.

The club's plans include preserving all the significant aspects of the power station itself, including the four iconic chimneys and wash tower.

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 cannot move from Stamford Bridge unless they can convince fan-led group Chelsea Pitch Owners, who own the land beneath Stamford Bridge, to sell them back the freehold.

That was something they failed to do at an extraordinary general meeting of CPO back in October.

The statement added: "We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.

"We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.

"Working with architects and planning experts, we have developed a plan to preserve all the significant aspects of Battersea Power Station.

"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. The design includes a bigger family area and more room for disabled supporters.

"As well as a new home for our club, the development would include a town centre with substantial street-level retail shops, affordable housing and offices - all of which would benefit Wandsworth and bring a significant number of permanent jobs to the area.

"We would also make a significant contribution towards the Northern Line Extension, a new high-volume transport link proposed for the area. We will keep our fans updated as the process develops.''
bearing

What a load of shite
Forest

It would be fantastic though, they could put floodlights on the chimneys.
Late Doors

What makes you think it's a load of Shite? It does have the element of dream world about it but why can't it happen?

Wonder if the Chelski owners did proper DD when buying? Those pesky fans who own the land are proving quite a nuisance aren't they. I can just hear the CEO saying that in the boardroom with a patch on his eye whilst stroking a cat.
Seal

Sounds like an ace idea.
Kingmaker of Lilliput

A hell of a kick in the teeth for Battersea Ironside FC...
bearing

I don't like Chelsea, far too big headed.  

I didn't mean I didn't believe just that I don't like the idea.
Late Doors

Arr right . fair enough. That site is crying out for something special and that building needs to be preserved in some way.  A hospital would be better or better still a school or some kind of modern day rerence library, but that isn't going to happen.
Plastic Man

"Retro"-style stadia are gaining popularity in the US. The Baltimore Orioles' (coincidentally who I have closely followed for many, many years, and whose recent history of success pales into insignificance against Newcastle United's) Camden Yard stadium is considered to be a shining example.

Architecturally, the converted Battersea Power station would probably be a stunner and would make sense for both Chelsea FC and ensure the conservation of an iconic building. However, I'm not sure how popular it would be with the fan-base.

Moov ta sarf landan... r u avin a larf, u fackin cant? R U Meewar? U wanna bit of vis?
fartcatcher

are they going to relocate all those urban foxes?
Grind

They'll join Leicester's turban foxes.

* Can't believe I just wrote that.

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