The saga of what should happen to the Grade II listed Battersea Power on London’s River Thames has entered a new phase as news surfaces that Chelsea football club has hired architects Kohn Pedersen Fox and developers Almacantar to explore the feasibility of inserting a 55,000-60,000 capacity stadium at the site.

There are financial barriers in play as Chelsea still needs to buy back the land upon which their current base – Stamford Bridge – is located and sell it on before the considered move. As WAN previously reported, Wandsworth Council and London Mayor Boris Johnson approved plans by Rafael Vinoly back in November 2010, giving the green light to £5.5bn redevelopment plans for the currently disused facility. Funding is being sought for the scheme.

A Chelsea spokesman commented: “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 Battersea power station 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 Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridg.