Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

Below are documents related to the proposed redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.

1 December 2015 - Stamford Bridge Planning Application submitted
You can access the application and plans at

Proposed Redevelopment Timeline


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/café 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.

Earlier Documentation
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Architects\Designers briefed to look at the history of each of the 4 stands and come up with something that reflected each one. The 1937 shape was the basis

The walkway over the district line to the north is expected to be sufficient to reduce the volume of spectators on the Fulham Road in spite of the overall capacity increase.

East stand would be extended back over the Overground line.

West stand, lower tier smaller (same as bigger East lower) and slightly steeper, middle tier about double current size, upper tier much bigger, starting lower and ending up higher than currently.

South stand, lower tier doubled in size, if not more. Middle tier slightly smaller than current Shed upper, Upper tier starting from where the current upper tier finishes and being about 50% larger.
Hotel, Megastore, Teabar, Frankies, Marcos disappear. Whole stand extends back almost as far as the current one.

North stand, as with South stand it looks like both would set back from the current position a few yards each. It's known that the current pitch is too short to meet Uefa regs so it looks like this is being corrected at the same time. Lower tier would be slightly smaller than current MHL. A middle tier about the same size as current MHU but with less overhang to remove restricted view in MHL. Then a new MHU that's about 50% bigger than current, adding a lot of extra height and more tan doubling its depth, taking it right back to the district line. A walkway would be built over the existing track leading to the existing stairway coming out of Fulham Broadway on matchdays.

Redevelopment of the actual bridge at Stamford bridge

Environmental Impact Assesment

Plans for a redeveloped Stamford Bridge, submitted to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, give for the first time an in-depth view of how Roman Abramovich will completely rebuild Chelsea's home.

The 130-page Environmental Impact Assessment for the development of the Blues' west London ground throws light on the four-year plan to build a 60,000+ capacity stadium.

This is not, at this stage, a full application for planning permission, but a preliminary stage in the development process. It seeks permission for “the demolition and comprehensive redevelopment of Stamford Bridge Grounds; to provide a new 60,000 seat football stadium; with ancillary stadium-related uses including club shop, kiosks and museum; retail and restaurant/café uses”.

It says this will come “together with the construction of structures to form platforms over sections of the District Line adjacent to Fulham Broadway Station to the north-west and the Southern mainline to the east, to provide an enlarged concourse area; new pedestrian access from Fulham Road; car parking; landscaping and related works”.

The full report accompanying the application, which runs to 130 pages, goes into considerable additional detail.

It says that stadium capacity will be increased from 41,840 to "approximately 61,000", with a more than doubling of the hospitality capacity to 10,431, and a small increase of 715 extra seats for season ticket holders.

The biggest areas of increase will be for general sale and young supporters – with 5,500 extra seats here. The away section will be reduced by 431, with a similar number of seats being reallocated for “players, directors, officials, disabled, media, etc”.

The Millennium and Copthorne hotels, presently let on a long lease, will be demolished and not replaced, and new platforms over the two adjoining railway lines will provide the additional space required to increase the capacity. Private residential apartments in the Chelsea Village development will be relocated off-site.

Access to the stadium will be via the existing entrances on the Fulham Road, with a new main entrance direct from Fulham Broadway station.

While the final structure will be what most interests fans, it is the nuts and bolts of the development process that will have the biggest impact on the Fulham Road area for the projected four-year construction period.

The schedule intends for work to begin at the end of the present season in May 2016, with the construction of platforms over the two railway lines that hem-in the site. The existing stadium will remain operational for a year after that, with its closure coming in May 2017 – and Chelsea exiled to a yet-to-be decided location for three seasons.

Demolition of the existing stadium will take a year, with around 100 trips to and from the site by heavy goods vehicles each day. At the peak of the process, the project is expected to employ 1,800 workers.

A great deal of the application deals with local environmental issues:
from the discovery of Stone Age and earlier remains in the area, to the presence of listed buildings and growth of rare plants in Brompton Cemetery, to the likeliness of great crested newts inhabiting the vicinity.

These issues will be of little concern to most fans, but they are precisely the sort of matters than can cause potential delay to a development such as this, and the thoroughness of their examination at this early stage shows the lengths to which Roman Abramovich has seemingly gone to make this plan work.

The possibility of noise pollution has been addressed in a way that should please both fans and neighbours of the club. The new stadium is apparently “designed with noise in mind such that it contains as much spectator and public address system noise as possible'”.

The report accepts negatives include the potential impact on local businesses of Chelsea's three-year exile, but says these matters will be investigated further in a document to be published in due course.

A consultation on this stage of the proposals is due to close on 8 September.

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