Chelsea’s new 60,000-seat arena will be one of the world’s premier football stadiums when it opens in 2021, jubilant council leaders said today.
Chelsea intend to demolish their long-term home and construct a new 60,000-capacity ground in its place – a project which will be worth around £500m.
Members of the Council’s Planning and Development Control Committee gave the green light following three hours of deliberation at Hammersmith Town Hall on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea submitted their initial proposals in November 2015 and later revised them last August, with the council unanimously approving the go-ahead of the redevelopment despite reservations from certain locals due to concerns over disruption caused by the construction process.
The architects behind Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium will be commissioned to oversee the construction process at Stamford Bridge, which was constructed in 1866 but has since undergone various facelifts.