Herzog, De Meuron in the frame for Chelsea FC stadium expansion

The architecures, Herzog and De Meuron are reportedly working on plans to revamp the west London home of Chelsea Football Club to make room for as many as 60,000 spectators.

According to the Architects’ Journal, the Swiss firm led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron is working alongside Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to explore how Chelsea can increase capacity at the 41,837-seat Stamford Bridge stadium.

The football club first revealed plans to redevelop its existing stadium in June 2014, having previously explored options for new stadiums at Earls Court, and on the south side of the River Thames at Battersea Power Station.


In a statement Chelsea Football Club said:

“The study will also assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium within the existing historic site boundaries, potentially to enlarge its capacity, enhance its facilities and improve the movement of people and vehicles on match and non-matchdays.”

Built in 1876, Stamford Bridge was designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch and was initially used as an athletics club. It has undergone several renovations since then.

Both Arcitectures, Herzog and De Meuron, who famously designed the Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has previously completed football stadiums in Munich and Basel.

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