Chelsea have publicised their planning application to reconstruct Stamford Bridge into a world-class arena capable of seating 60,000 fans.
160 documents, complete with a number of pictures, were revealed on Tuesday morning, detailing how the Blues will undergo one of the most ambitious architectural projects in the country.
Roman Abramovich has been determined to leave a lasting legacy on the club by delivering a new stadium and has previously explored the idea of moving away from Fulham Broadway. An application was launched to occupy Battersea Power Station in 2012, but they lost out to Qatari property investors.
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However, despite the lack of space available around Stamford Bridge, Chelsea believe they have put together a proposal that will deliver the kind of stadium the European powerhouse deserves whilst also keeping local residents on side.
Here we will go through the key facts behind the proposal and take a look at some of the best pictures that have been released today. Enjoy!
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- The redevelopment will increase the capacity from 41,798 to 60,000, bringing it in line with Arsenal's Emirates Stadium
- It will cost Chelsea an estimated £600million in total
- Building work will start at the end of the current campaign if it is approved, but Chelsea will not have to move out until 2017
- The new stadium should be ready in time for the 2020-21 season
- There are currently no firm plans for Chelsea's temporary relocation, but Wembley and Twickenham are the early favourites
- Every stand will keep the same name in an attempt to keep the club's legacy intact – away fans will remain in the Shed End
- Current season ticket holders will be offered exactly the same seats they vacated when Chelsea return to west London in 2020
- The supporters’ close proximity to the pitch will be maintained with the front row just 7.2metres from the action
- The main structure of the ground will be made up of 264 brick columns, connected by glass
- Hammersmith and Fulham council can still reject the proposal with members of the public encouraged to comment on it before Friday, January 8, 2016
The best photos
According to the Daily Mail, architect juggernauts Herzog & de Meuron, who have worked with Roman Abramovich's design team, are responsible for modern arenas such as Allianz Arena and Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.
They have drawn on inspiration from Westminster Abbey to create this stunning new design, which will be the envy of the Premier League if and when it is completed.
Still, it's nowhere near as good as this:
What do Chelsea fans think of the new design? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!
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