The Board of the City of Brussels confirmed this month that it has selected the preferred candidate for the construction of the new Eurostadium at parking C. The BAM-Ghelamco consortium was chosen from three candidates for the financing, construction and operation of the new football stadium at the Heysel.
This choice was made after analysis of the award criteria included in the market survey, which was launched on 31 March 2014 by the City Council of the City of Brussels. These criteria are:
- The feasibility of the implementation of the stadium
- The feasibility and quality of the operation of the stadium
- The terms of the lease
- Financial and contractual guarantees
- Architectural quality and the incorporation of the project in the landscape
The advisory committee was composed of representatives of the City of Brussels, the Brussels Capital Region, the municipality of Grimbergen, residents committees of the City of Brussels and the town of Grimbergen, as well as independent architects and experts.
At this stage of the procedure, none of the three candidates has been excluded: the negotiations between the City and the preferred candidate will start in the next few weeks, with a view to concluding a contract for the lease. If both parties do not reach an agreement, the City reserves the right to turn to another candidate.
The redevelopment of Heysel will see the creation of the new, modern, 60,000-seat Eurostadium – designed by Jaspers-Eyers Architects – in the vicinity of the Atomium, the Exhibition Palaces (Brussels Expo), a shopping centre, a 5,000-seat conference hall and a 15,000-seat theatre in Palais 12.
Start of construction
In late June 2015, the contract will be signed for the construction of the stadium between the City and the selected candidate. Depending on the time required for the issuance of the necessary permits, the construction of the new stadium at parking C will be launched in early 2016.
In that same year, the European football association, UEFA, will also choose the host city for the opening match of Euro 2020. The City of Brussels, which is already a host city for the European Football Championship, is a candidate for this opening match.
Tenants: RSC Anderlecht + KBVB/URBSFA (Royal Belgian Football Association; Red Devils, Belgian National Team)
Projected cost: €314m
Euro 2020: three group stage matches + round of 16
Joint project of Brussels, Royal Belgian Football Association and RSC Anderlecht.
Formula: three consortia were considered, with designs confirmed by end of 2014 and the preferred choice made in early 2015. The chosen company will build, finance and operate the stadium. RSC Anderlecht and the Royal Belgian Football Association will rent the stadium.