Tottenham Hotspur FC

Design, crowd simulation and modelling and crowd safety for the new Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium


Movement Strategies advised Tottenham Hotspur FC, and its architect Populous since 2008, on the new stadium and surrounding masterplan. Our work to ensure crowd safety and security was central to the masterplan, detailed design, and delivery of this project. The ambitious and acclaimed 62,062-seat stadium features a retractable pitch to support NFL games, concerts and other non-football uses and the masterplan will feature a hotel, extreme sports centre, museum and shop replacing the former 37,000-seat stadium. The Club’s development will also includes a supermarket, college and health centre.


Tottenham Hotspur FC

2008 - present


Our work informed:

  • Crowd modelling and simulation inside and outside the stadium for ingress, egress and emergency evacuation conditions. This work informed the masterplan, detailed design (bowl, vertical circulation, concourse areas, landscape etc.) and planning approvals
  • Crowd safety and risk advice for the operation of the former stadium during multi-phase construction operations
  • Concept of operations for enhanced security regime for football and NFL supported by crowd simulation
  • Crowd safety and risk assessment to support the successful case for the demolition of heritage buildings
  • Concept of operations for VIP entry arrangements
  • Food & beverage service supported by crowd simulations
  • Compliance with public safety guidance
  • Transport data collection and analysis for the Transport Plan and Transport Assessment, underpinning the planning approval
  • Detailed design advice
  • Design standards and requirements.


Our innovative crowd safety and risk assessment work secured the demolition of listed heritage buildings, which was a key issue in delivering the 2015 planning permission.

Our input and expert advice greatly influenced the detailed design of the stadium, including many aspects of the seating bowl, vertical circulation, food & beverage areas, security screening areas and external landscape.

Our crowd modelling and simulation fundamentally influenced the stadium design, and that of the podium on which it sits. We provided assurance to the Club and its many stakeholders that the stadium is both safe and secure.

Our work defined the footprint for enabling commercial development by the Club, and for the adjacent masterplan for the regeneration of the wider Tottenham area.

The former stadium continued to operate safely whilst construction of the new stadium was carried out around it. We helped to develop the plans and were responsible for securing a safety licence to operate, while maximising capacity.

We have worked on behalf of the Club to ensure that the transport network was capable of accommodating the increase in spectator numbers. This has resulted in the delivery of a successful planning application, which also informed the re-design of key transport interchanges serving the ground.

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