Crystal Palace FC unveils plans for Selhurst Park redevelopment

WCN Editorial Team 7 Dec 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC), a professional football club in England, has unveiled plans to redevelop Selhurst Park stadium.

The project is expected to cost between £75m and £100m and will increase the capacity at the stadium from 26,000 to over 34,000.

A new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front will be built as homage to the club’s earliest days when it stood in the shadows of the original Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill.

A central vaulted arch, with the Eagle crest, will serve as a reminder of the 1851 Exhibition Hall, and eagle wings will flank the 41-metre structure.

Stadium architects KSS, which redeveloped sporting venues such as Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon, is designing the Crystal Palace project.

The roof of the new stand will be designed to funnel sound down to the pitch and the Arthur Wait Stand opposite, CPFC stated in a release.

CPFC will submit plans to Croydon Council in January and work will begin in the next 12 months, subject to permission from the council. The project is expected to be completed in three years.

The existing Main Stand will continue to be in use throughout the construction phase.

Besides collaborating with Croydon Council, the club will also work with the local community, businesses and other interests, hold local events to show plans and invite feedback.

A formal planning application is expected to be launched by the end of January 2018.

The stadium will have better facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces.

It will also have a bigger pitch, which will make Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We need a stadium that reflects who we are, how far we have come and where we want to go – a stadium that South London can be proud of, a home worthy of our incredible support and unique atmosphere and this great Premier League we represent.

“We are creating a new home worthy of our club, our supporters and our community, and a celebration of our 112 years in South London.”

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