Chelsea eye new stadium at Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station was constructed in the 1930s
Battersea Power Station was constructed in the 1930s

Chelsea are exploring the possibility of building a new 55-60,000-seater stadium at Battersea Power Station.

The club have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge and still needs to buy back the freehold of the famous ground before they can move anywhere.

But they have appointed a London architecture firm to draw up plans for the relocation of 3.3 miles.

They are acting to make sure they do not miss out on the site should they choose to move from Stamford Bridge.

A Chelsea spokesman said: "In the past, we've talked to various people with interests in Battersea Power Station, but we haven't had any substantive discussions with anyone regarding that site for several months.

"However, in light of current developments, we now think it prudent to look again at the feasibility and potential for the BPS site to be developed for a football stadium.

"We have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and we continue to discuss with the local council any economically viable options to expand the the Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridge."

The Blues have appointed Mike Hussey, chief executive of Almacantar, as their development partner and have hired architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox to draw up plans.

But they cannot move anywhere unless they sell the land at Stamford Bridge and are trying to come up with a plan to persuade Chelsea Pitch Owners to sell them the freehold after the supporter-led company rejected last month's offer.

Commenting on the latest development, the group said: "Given that Battersea Power Station falls within the three mile radius as originally set out in the recent proposal put by Chelsea FC to Chelsea Pitch Owners, Say No CPO welcome the club's potential interest in purchasing the site, as well as their continued efforts to explore options regarding expansion of Stamford Bridge.

"We are, however, disappointed that the club did not take the opportunity of the EGM on October 27 to make their intentions clearer with regard to any potential relocation sites."

The club is still hoping to persuade the owners of Earls Court to give them permission to build there but the prospects look slim.

There could also be complications with the Battersea Power Station site whose owners have been trying for a year to find an equity investor to fund a proposed £5.5bn redevelopment.

Energy stopped being generated at the station in 1983, but the site is still used for hosting events - one of the latest being the ATP World Tour Finals Gala.

Because it is a Grade II listed building it would have to be preserved within any development.