Believe it or not the already congested city of London has received planning approval by Hammersmith and Fulham council’s planning committee for the construction of Chelsea Football Club’s new £500 million stadium. With an anticipated completion date by 2020 this new stadium will replace the existing stadium at Stamford Bridge, increasing the capacity of the space by almost 20 000 spectators to 60 000 seats.
The design of the new stadium is inspired by Gothic architecture, as well as nearby Victorian-era brick terrace homes, which will wrap around the entire circumference of the building.
The design comprises an irregularly-shaped stadium which fills the site, featuring slender brick ribs – inspired by gothic architecture and the stadium’s nearby Victorian-era brick terraces – around the entire structure. Above the pitch, the irregular shapes is resolved into a circular peak, descending towards the center of the design to form a rectangular opening above the pitch
Now that the local council has granted planning permission, Chelsea will have to play their home matches elsewhere for three years. It’s most likely that Wembley Stadium will be their new home from 2017-18 until the 2020-21 season begins.