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UK’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) has revealed updated designs and plans for its Northumberland Development Project that proposes development of a new elliptical stadium in the London borough of Haringey.

Designed by US-based architectural firm Populous, the arena will have room for 61,000 seats and will be equipped with dedicated Premier League Football facilities.

Tottenham Hotspur will submit designs for the development to the borough authorities, which includes provision for a fully retractable pitch with a second playing surface below that is claimed as the world’s first sliding pitch by Populous, as cited in Dezeen.

The development will also include a 180-bed hotel and 579 new homes that will comprise of affordable housing designed by UK-based Allies and Morrison.

Besides Premier League Football matches, the multi-purpose pitch is expected to host other sports, concerts and community events.

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"We are determined that this scheme delivers something that becomes an iconic landmark and instantly recognisable around the world."

THFC chairman Daniel Levy said: "Schemes of this scale and magnitude must undergo continuous and rigorous review in order to ensure it is future-proofed and the design is optimised.

"We are determined that this scheme delivers something that becomes an iconic landmark, instantly recognisable around the world and capable of acting as the catalyst needed to kick-start the regeneration of this area."

The plan also includes provision for a ‘Sky Walk’ that will enable visitors to walk on top of the stadium and offer spectacular views across London.

It will also feature a new terrace, which will offer ‘the tottenham experience’ with a permanent visitors center and arrivals hub, that includes an interactive museum documenting THFC’s history.

An enhanced public space has also been planned for the development, which includes a multi-use games area, with cafés, dedicated events and community programmes managed by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

THFC will play away from the grounds for a single season in 2017/18, following which, the new stadium is likely to be opened in August 2018.

Basement works have already been initiated for the development. THFC intends to continue with a tender process and additional planning requirements for the development.

Image: Aerial view of the proposed Premier League Football stadium in London at night. Photo: courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur Ltd.