Populous unveils new Tottenham Hotspurs mega-stadium in United Kingdom

PHOTO; architectsjournal

PHOTO; architectsjournal

AS first revealed earlier, the 61,000-capacity mega-venue at White Hart Lane will feature a retractable natural turf football pitch, which will slide out to reveal an NFL-compliant surface.

The latest plans, due to be submitted to Haringey Council in the coming weeks, also feature the largest single-tier stand in the UK – a huge17,000-seat structure.

Spurs’ revised proposals, officially named the Northumberland Development Project, have emerged just days after Premier League rivals Chelsea began consultation on their own redevelopment proposals drawn up by Herzog & de Meuron.

Populous’ senior principal Christopher Lee said the concept marked ‘a new generation of stadia design’, which provides ‘an unparallelled experience for all fans’ and not just those in the corporate boxes.

He added: ‘The seating bowl is designed to create an intimate relationship between player and spectator, its 17,000-capacity single-tier end stand, a tribute to traditional English football grounds … will be the engine that drives the intensity and atmosphere in the new Spurs stadium. It will be like no other.’

Populous’ multi-use proposals for a Tottenham Hotspur stadium – south section

Tottenham Hotspur brought in Populous in late 2013 to rethink architect KSS’ already-consented £400 million, 56,000-seat stadium scheme for the north London site. The Olympic stadium architect has already worked on a similar retractable pitch design at the Arizona Cardinals’ home stadium in Phoenix.

Over the last eight years the club has worked on numerous options for the area around the ground as part of its Northumberland Development Project – initially using Make Architects.

Populous’ wider design team also includes Allies & Morrison – the architect behind the 579 new homes proposed across four residential blocks south of the stadium – as well as Donald Insall Associates as heritage architect.

The ‘visually dramatic’ new stadium is expected to open in August 2018 in time for the 2018/19 season.

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