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Buro Happold wins role on new Spurs stadium

Tottenham Hotspur yesterday released the latest plans for its new stadium development, designed by KSS architects and Buro Happold.

The Northumberland Development Project, as it is known, will comprise a 58,000 all seater stadium and associated projects including a hotel, housing, a club museum, and a supermarket.

Yesterday’s announcement revealed that a public square designed by landscape architect Martha Schwartz would also be included in the plans.

The public square will contain two distinct but connected spaces – an active space for events and performances and a smaller, quieter space. Suggested uses include a street market, a temporary ice rink or musical performances as well as being used by local schools, churches and Haringey Council for events and activities.

KSS and Buro Happold have also reconfigured the stadium to create a tighter bowl and thereby maximise matchday atmosphere.  Fans at the new stadium will be closer to the pitch than at any other comparable stadium in the UK, claims the club.

“Too often new stadiums are surrounded by empty, dead space and we did not want that in Tottenham,” said Tottenham Hotspur Football Club chairman Daniel Levy

“Instead, with these new plans for the public square and public space, we have embraced the opportunity to create something truly special for local people.”

Martha Schwartz added: “Spurs has been at the centre of Tottenham life for over a hundred years and the local people are proud of this heritage, they are proud to be Tottenham. The public space around the new stadium is an opportunity to celebrate this connection and provide a catalyst for regeneration.”

Commenting on the fans proximity to the pitch, team captain Robbie Keane said: “The atmosphere in the stadium and its impact on the players can never be underestimated. Having the fans right up close, on the edge of the action, can lift the team on the day when it matters most and make the stadium a fortress.“