Stamford Bridge the home of current Premier League Champions Chelsea Football Club is to undergo a major expansion and redesign.
Plans for the project are well underway and Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron have been tasked with drawing up the plans to reinvent the historic ground. Their drawings have been unveiled in a room beneath the East Stand at Stamford Bridge this week and are on display as part of a 3 day consultation exercise where local residents can study the architectural plans.
The designs show a gothic design that draws inspiration from Westminster Abbey in a series of sepia style sketches that aim to link the design to the roots and history of the stadium which once stood in the Westminster district.
The expansion which will see Stamford Bridge go from a capacity of 42,000 to 60,000 looks set to cost Chelsea's Russian Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich more than £500m.
The possibility of moving the stadium from its current location and building something new was considered but a decision to redevelop the existing ground was reached in 2013.
The proposed redesign work includes vast brick pillars and a stack of three tiered stands and vaults, while a rebuilt and widened elevated brick built bridge will connect the stadium to Fulham Road and could help ease traffic. A direct link for fans into the stadium from Fulham Broadway station is also proposed.
In keeping with the commercial nature of modern football an array of bars, shops and eateries will be housed in arches beneath the structure.