Tottenham Hotspur plans demolition of 2012 Olympic stadium
Architect working for club says Populous-designed structure not suitable for football
The architect working on football club Tottenham Hotspur’s plans for a new stadium has revealed it would demolish the Olympic stadium if it won the bid to take it on after the 2012 games.
KSS Design Group’s David Keirle said most of the Populous-designed structure - which is close to completion and was specifically designed for re-use - would be replaced because it was not suitable for football with most of the seats too far from the pitch.
“It’s not entirely demolition,” he said. “We will be using some of the undercroft (cellar) but we’re not using much.”
Tottenham are up against London rivals West Ham United to take over the stadium after the Games.
The Olympic Park Legacy Committee will recommend which of the two has been successful by January 28, which will then be ratified by the mayor of London and the government.
Keirle said that it would be simpler and cheaper to redevelop the Olympic stadium than remodel Tottenham’s existing ground at White Hart Lane under controversial plans drawn up by KSS, Make and Martha Schwartz.