Chelsea could LEAVE Stamford Bridge as designers ‘look at new sites for ground in bid to cut costs by £500m’

  • Designers on Chelsea’s new stadium are looking at alternative sites for ground
  • Plan had originally been to redevelop Stamford Bridge, but costs are spiralling
  • It is thought a change of site could save the club as much as £500million

Chelsea could move away form Stamford Bridge as costs continue to spiral on plans to redevelop their current ground.

Developers have been looking at alternative sites which, according to New Civil Engineer, could save the club as much as £500million.

It is understood that club bosses are open to the idea of exploring different possible locations.

Chelsea's proposal to redevelop Stamford Bridge could be scrapped due to spiralling costs - the picture above is an artist's impression of how the new 60,000-capacity venue would look

Chelsea’s proposal to redevelop Stamford Bridge could be scrapped due to spiralling costs – the picture above is an artist’s impression of how the new 60,000-capacity venue would look

Costs for the redevelopment of the Blues' current home have hit the £1billion mark

Costs for the redevelopment of the Blues’ current home have hit the £1billion mark

Developers have been looking at alternative sites that could save Chelsea as much as £500m

Developers have been looking at alternative sites that could save Chelsea as much as £500m

Plans for the redevelopment have currently been shelved by the Premier League club, with costs hitting the £1billion mark.

As things stand, there are no plans to continue with the development, with a club spokesperson saying they were ‘completely on hold’.

‘There has been no time frame set for a reconsideration of this position,’ they added.

New Civil Engineer adds that due to planning permission already in place the preferred option is to remain at the current Stamford Bridge site.

As things stand, there are no plans to continue with the development at Stamford Bridge

As things stand, there are no plans to continue with the development at Stamford Bridge

Yeplanning permission already in place the preferred option is to remain there

However, with planning permission already in place the preferred option is to remain there

However, the costs would have to be reduced by as much as £500m before the project to redevelop there would be restarted.

Plans for the new stadium at Stamford Bridge were announced publicly as far back as late 2015 with the Blues hoping it would hold 60,000 spectators and be an all-seater. This would be an increase of almost 50 per cent on the current Stamford Bridge capacity of 41,600.

The original proposal saw the Blues have a timeline of the redevelopment to be started in October 2016 and to be completed by August 2020.

Originally built in 1876, the west London venue has been the home of the Blues since they were founded in 1905.

WHAT THE INITIAL STAMFORD BRIDGE REVAMP PLANS WERE

October 2016-October 2017 (Phase One)

Construction of rafting over the railway lines behind the East Stand and Matthew Harding Stand begins.

Both Stamford Bridge hotels, a range of bars and restaurants and the Stamford Bridge Health Club are demolished.

May 2017

Chelsea play their last game at Stamford Bridge as it stands, leaving for three years to facilitate the rebuild.

June 2017-September 2018 (Phase Two)

The old Stamford Bridge is demolished. Digging down to accommodate the height of the new stadium begins.

July 2018-October 2019 (Phase Three)

Stadium is constructed from scratch

December 2018-July 2020 (Phase Four)

Fitting out of the surrounding area is completed, with a restaurant/cafe included on-site along with a new club shop and museum.

August 2020

Chelsea return to play at a 60,000-capacity Stamford Bridge for the first time.

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