Chelsea reveal Battersea Power Station stadium images
Fri 22nd Jun 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
They may not have been selected as the preferred bidder for Battersea Power Station, but that hasn't stopped Chelsea releasing an artists impression of what they hope their stadium on the prospective site would look like.
The European champions are on the lookout for suitable locations across West London having out-grown their Stamford Bridge home, and last month submitted an official bid for one of the capital's most iconic buildings.
The move attracted fierce opposition from sections of the club's fanbase, but senior figures have continued to press ahead with the proposal.
In the latest step forward, Chelsea have produced a selection of images with the help of development partner Almacantar and architects Kohn Pedersen Fox as a way of seemingly applying pressure on the current preferred bidders.
Chelsea plan to develop the site into a 60,000 stadium that would incorporate the power station's iconic four chimneys.
In a statement released on their website, the club said: "It is important that our fans understand that Chelsea Football Club is not currently in discussions with the sellers of the site.
'The sellers have selected a Malaysian consortium as their preferred bidders, and we understand negotiations are continuing. We do not know if those negotiations will be successful or not.
'As per our previous statement, and as these images show, we believe the prospect of developing a new stadium on the site could be very attractive for the club, and would have the potential to become one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, offering many benefits for Wandsworth, for London, and, of course, for Chelsea fans.
'We firmly believe our proposals could address the unique challenges presented by the site.
'The design would integrate the stadium with the power station in a sensitive, unique and powerful way, with all significant historical aspects of the Power Station to be retained.
'In creating an iconic world-class stadium we would preserve the four chimneys and wash towers along with the historically significant west turbine hall and control room, all to be restored and retained in their original locations.'
Preferred bidders SP Setia and Sime Darby were given a 28-day period of due diligence - running to July 5 - to prove everything is in place to carry out their £400m 'real estate regeneration project'.
They also plan to build a tube station on the premises that will connect to the Northern Line.
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