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Portsmouth Stadium put on hold

Designs for Portsmouth Football Club’s new waterfront stadium near Port Solent by Herzog & De Meuron were put on hold this week.

Consultants Arup and architects Herzog & de Meuron had worked with Sellar Property, Portsmouth FC and The Royal Navy to develop the 45,000 seater stadium and supporting residential and retail project, but the football club announced this week it would not be going ahead as planned, citing the effect of the credit crunch on large developments and planning conditions among other reasons.

Instead, improvements and two new stands will be made to the existing stadium, with contributions from a major supermarket. Work could be started by the end of the year, dependent on planning permission.

Portsmouth FC will continue to work on the designs for Port Solent in a view to completion in line with the Football Association’s current World Cup bid in 2018/2022.

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