Crystal Palace gets approval for redevelopment plans at Selhurst Park

23 April 2018 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2018 10:02)

Crystal Palace Football Club has secured approval from Croydon Council in London, UK, regarding redevelopment plans for the Main Stand at Selhurst Park stadium.

Crystal Palace gets approval for redevelopment plans at Selhurst Park
The centrepiece of the redevelopment is a stunning new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front. Credit: CRYSTAL PALACE F.C.

Crystal Palace Football Club has secured approval from Croydon Council in London, UK, regarding redevelopment plans for the Main Stand at Selhurst Park stadium.

Expected to cost between £75 and £100m, the project is set to increase the capacity at Selhurst Park from the existing 26,000 to more than 34,000.

As part of the project, new facilities will be provided for the community and the ground’s Premier League atmosphere would be retained.

Around 4,500 public expressions of support were received for the development.

Negotiations will now continue with Croydon Council over the terms of the club’s Section 106 obligations for funding transport and community improvement initiatives.

Meanwhile, the application will be sent to the mayor of London. After receiving approval, the permission will be issued, following which the club will start planning for work on the new stand.

“This project will not only transform the stadium, which has been our home since 1924, but it will also have a positive impact on the south London community.”

Work on the stand will start at the end of the 2018-2019 season. Completion is scheduled for 2021, so it will be ready to open for the 2021-2022 season.

Crystal Palace Football Club chairman Steve Parish said: “This project will not only transform the stadium, which has been our home since 1924, but it will also have a positive impact on the south London community.”

The redevelopment will add a new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front erected on Sydenham Hill and a central vaulted arch.

The project will also provide improved facilities for disabled supporters. The size of the pitch will be increased from 101.5m x 68m to 105m x68m, making Selhurst Park compliant with Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) regulations.

Additional features include hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters, including a new Tunnel Club, a new museum, new community facilities and improved sightlines in the Arthur Wait Stand.

The original Crystal Palace, which was a glasshouse built on a cast-iron frame, was moved to Sydenham Hill in 1854.