Chelsea may buy brickworks to build new stadium

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Chelsea Football Club are poised to make their most unorthodox signing ever, it has emerged.

The Premier League football club is considering buying a brickworks to cut the risk of delays to its proposed new 60,000-seater stadium. 

The planned £500 million ground would require about six million bricks, enough to build 200 London houses, according to trade magazine Building.

Industry sources told Building that the club is thinking about the purchase to “ensure a cheap, reliable supply of bricks for the mammoth façade”.

The club declined to comment but it is understood to be intending to learn lessons from work on the Tate Modern extension, where problems sourcing bricks contributed to it opening almost four years late.

The new Herzog & de Meuron-designed stadium, if approved by Hammersmith & Fulham council, would increase capacity from the current 41,000 at the club’s long-standing Stamford Bridge home by 19,000.

In December Chelsea warned that even if planning consent is given, “there will still be a lot of work to do before redevelopment can start”.

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May 27, 2016 |
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