Scheme for Premier League strugglers will increase capacity to more than 34,000

Croydon council is due to decide this week whether to give the green light to a £100m plan by Crystal Palace to redevelop its ageing Selhurst Park ground.

The project for the struggling Premier League side will increase the capacity at the south London stadium from 26,000 to more than 34,000.

The major part of the redevelopment, which is being designed by architect KSS, involves replacing the 1924-built main stand, which currently holds just over 5,600 people, with a new 13,500 seat, five-storey main stand that will feature an all-glass front that draws inspiration from the original Crystal Palace.

Planners at the council have recommended it be OK’d at a planning meeting this Thursday.

Crystal palace pic

How the new main stand will look

Construction of the new stand will require tearing down six nearby affordable homes and planners have told the club they will need to cover the cost of re-housing affected residents.

KSS, set up by former Tottenham Hotspur vice-president David Keirle, is the firm behind the redevelopment of Liverpool’s Anfield home and has also worked on the new home of Palace’s South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, who the Eagles beat on Saturday 3-2, as well as the One Twenty hospitality lounge at Wembley Stadium.

Other work set to be carried out at Selhurst Park includes construction of 24,522m² new internal floor space beneath the expanded main stand and a 550m² restaurant and retail unit.

The football pitch will be lengthened from 101m to 105m and an accessible seating area will be created within the Whitehorse Lane Stand, resulting in spectator capacity there falling by 690.

Other firms working on the deal include cost consultant Core 5 and structural engineer Mott MacDonald.