Construction work at White Hart Lane, the home ground of Tottenham Hotspur, has begun ahead of the development of the English Premier League football club’s new home stadium.

Tottenham is set for a new 61,000-capacity stadium, which will be built opposite White Hart Lane. The club’s current ground was yesterday (Wednesday) partially demolished as part of the redevelopment process.

The work will result in the 36,000-seat White Hart Lane operating at a reduced capacity during the 2016-17 season.

The upheaval has led to Tottenham agreeing to play its Uefa Champions League home matches at Wembley Stadium during the upcoming campaign.

After striking the deal with the national stadium in May, the club said the move was necessary to comply with the requirements of Uefa, European football’s governing body. Access, capacity and rights delivery would have been impacted upon if Champions League fixtures were held at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham’s future home, which is scheduled to be open in time for the start of the 2018-19 season, will include a single tier that will house 17,000 supporters.