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Stamford Bridge expansion: Take a virtual tour of Chelsea's plans for 60,000-seater stadium

Here's your chance for an unofficial look around the proposed west London arena as Roman Abramovich looks to leave a legacy

Chelsea have submitted plans for a £500million redevelopment of Stamford Bridge as Roman Abramovich looks to leave a legacy in west London.

Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been commissioned by the Blues owner transform the existing ground into a 60,000-seater arena.

The new-look Stamford Bridge will feature a three-tiered stack of terraces and is inspired by the design of Westminster Abbey.

Computer scientist, Neil Vano, has created an unofficial 3D render of the proposed stadium to give Blues fans a glimpse into what the future holds.

Offering an aerial view of the structure, Vano’s video tour of the ground swoops down to pitch level and provides views of the interior and seating.

An elevated brick bridge will connect the stadium to nearby Fulham Road and the whole design is wrapped in concrete and brick columns that evoke thoughts of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium.

Read more: How does the new-look Bridge compare with the world's biggest stadiums?

Chelsea's vision for Stamford Bridge in pictures:

The planning process is expected to last beyond the end of the season, and is expected to be just one of a number of steps towards full consent for the stadium development to go ahead.

Comprising 210 separate documents, Chelsea’s planning application for the Bridge is one of the largest ever considered by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

It includes a new club shop, museum, and separate restaurant or cafe.

If approved, there will be new decking over both the District Line and Southern Railway adjacent to the existing ground, to expand the footprint of land available.

Building work is anticipated to take around three years to complete and Chelsea are in negotiations with Wembley Stadium about using the home of football during this period.

Read more: Why £500million is good value for Abramovich's vision.

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