Spurs unveil plans for new £400million stadium
Published 18:17 19/05/10 By Martin Lipton
Spurs last night showed they want to put history at the heart of the future when revised plans for the club's £400million new home were unveiled.
White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy hopes to see work on the new 60,000-capacity stadium, which will overlap the club's home since 1899, begin next summer and be completed by 2013.
In a bid to overcome objections from heritage groups, the new blueprint will see the famous Red House, formerly home of the manager's office and the boardroom, not knocked down but converted into a coffee house, with a statue of Bill Nicholson supporting the famous club gates that bear his name as part of the entrance to the new club megastore and Museum.
The famous emblem of the golden cockerel on a ball, currently sited on the roof of the east stand, will be kept and sited nearer ground level.
Spurs' revised plans will be submitted to Haringey Council in the next few weeks and Levy explained: "We have looked again at the overall master-plan and have used this opportunity to make further design improvements to the scheme.
"Schemes of this magnitude involve much time and effort by many parties and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has taken part in the consultation process to date.
"In much the same way as we persevered and delivered the new training centre at Bulls Cross, we remain focused and committed to delivering a world class, increased capacity stadium, full of atmosphere and creating a thriving new environment."