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Cyprus-based contractor, Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P), has been awarded the construction contract for the Qatar Foundation Stadium, sources have revealed.

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Aerial view of White Hart Lance stadium with preparatory works for new stadium. Courtesy Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur is looking forward to Haringey’s planning committee decision on 8 December, with Mace on board as its Construction Partner. Mace is experienced at managing such large projects with multiple contractors and subcontractors, and has just completed the award-winning New Street Station in Birmingham, a £750 million project.

Mace will become an integrated member of the Project Team and develop the pre construction plans, detailed construction programmes and work with the club to procure specialist sub contract tenders for the new stadium works.
Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Levy, Chairman, said:

This is another step towards the delivery of one of the best stadiums in the world. We are delighted to have Mace on board. They bring a wealth of experience and I know they share our commitment to ensuring that the development will be first class in every aspect. We now await Haringey Council’s Planning Committee decision on 8 December 2015.

Mark Reynolds, Mace Chief Executive said:

We are privileged and thrilled to join the team to take the new stadium to its next stage of development. We look forward to working with the Club and its consultants to make sure the project is a success. It is of critical importance as it is the flagship development that will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of this area.

Tottenham Hotspur new stadium timeline

December 2015 – planning application considered by Haringey Council’s planning committee and by the Greater London Authority.
Spring 2016 – Subject to the completion of planning permission, work begins on the revised scheme.
2017/18 Season – the Club plays away for one season to enable a faster construction of the new Stadium.
August 2018 – new Stadium complete and open in time for the 2018/19 season.

Minnesota United video promoting the new stadium.

Continuing the development process of its future Major League Soccer (MLS) home, Minnesota United FC announced Populous as the lead architect for the new soccer stadium at the Snelling and I-94 site generally known as the Midway.

Nick Rogers, president of Minnesota United FC said:

We are very pleased to formalise our relationship with Populous, a global leader in stadium design.

We have been having conversations with Bruce Miller and his team over the past two years and have every confidence that they are the right group to help us realise our vision of a world-class soccer stadium in the Twin Cities.

The Kansas City-based sports architecture firm – recognised for its focus on environmentally sustainable projects – is a world leader in stadium design and event- based projects. Populous has created world-class soccer stadiums for top-tier clubs throughout the world, including Sporting KC (MLS), Olympique Lyonnais (FRA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Arsenal (ENG), C.F. Monterrey (MEX), and the 2010 World Cup Final stadium in Johannesburg.

Populous was the lead architect on local several local stadium projects – including Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium – which have received national recognition for enhancing sporting events by creating environments that draw people and communities together. Some of their other impressive projects include Wimbledon’s Main Stadium, the stadiums for the 2000 Sydney and 2012 London Olympic Games, the new Yankee Stadium in New York City, and renovation projects for Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, Camden Yards in Baltimore, and Wembley Stadium in London.

Bruce Miller, Senior Principal at Populous and lead architect for Minnesota United’s new stadium said:

It’s an honour to have the opportunity to design another memorable sports experience for the Twin Cities. Major League Soccer has found a great home in St. Paul and our design team is excited about the opportunities to create a mixed-use entertainment destination that will thrive year-round.  The site’s central location, access to public transit and exposure on I-94 make it a model site for a Major League Soccer venue. As a building block in growing the Minnesota United brand, the stadium will become the heart and soul of soccer in the northern Midwest.

Populous is currently in the process of designing the new stadium for Orlando City SC (MLS).

Minnesota United was awarded an MLS franchise earlier this year in a highly competitive process that put Minneapolis – St. Paul ahead of other major markets in the United States. The club later announced its commitment to building a new, privately-financed soccer stadium at the Snelling-Midway site in St. Paul. The stadium is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

Lord's Cricket Ground redevelopment rendering.

MCC has been granted planning permission by Westminster City Council to redevelop the south-western corner of Lord’s.

The South-Western Project will begin in autumn 2019: new Tavern & Allen Stand – a single structure to replace the existing two – 5,200 seats, an increase of 1,082 seats compared to the existing stand; new Thomas Lord Building with a street-facing reception, a banqueting suite, and offices for MCC staff; new Tavern pub, opening into the Harris Garden as well as onto the street.

  • Enhancement of the area around the Grace Gates to establish a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly public realm.
  • A new Harris Garden Building with a bar facing out onto the Garden and additional dressing rooms both for squash and tennis players, and to better accommodate double header matches.
  • Reorganisation of the Pavilion to enlarge the dressing rooms, and convert a current office, physio room and women’s toilets on the corridor between the two dressing rooms into space for team management and a players’ gym.
  • An enlarged and deepened basement which will enable vehicles to make deliveries directly to catering facilities etc. underground, removing the need to use the Grace Gate entrance.

Work on phase one of the Masterplan for Lord’s, the redevelopment of the Warner Stand, began in September this year with the new stand to be completed by the 2017 season.

The stand will however be in use during the 2016 season, to allow Lord’s to operate at full seating capacity during major matches.

Rio de Janeiro’s city government has provided its monthly update on the construction of new venues for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, showing that work at Barra Olympic Park, the main competition cluster, is now 92 per cent complete (up from 89 per cent last month). The city government’s figures showed that 12 venues across the two Olympic Parks are at least 90 per cent complete, compared with six last month.

In Barra, good progress was recorded at the Olympic Aquatics Centre (94 per cent complete, up from 89 per cent last month), Future Arena (96 per cent, up from 87 per cent), Olympic Tennis Centre (80 per cent, up from 74 per cent) and Rio Olympic Velodrome (70 per cent, up from 65 per cent). Meanwhile, work on the athletes’ village is now 97 per cent complete, up from 91 per cent last month.


Work is also progressing well at Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest competition cluster, where work on two venues – the BMX and mountain bike courses – is complete, while the canoe slalom course is now 98 per cent finished, up from 85 per cent last month.


The Rio de Janeiro city government, which is managing the construction works, provided the venue-by-venue percentages and photos below:
Carioca Arena 1 – 94%
Carioca Arena 2 – 96%
Carioca Arena 3 – 97%
Rio Olympic Velodromo – 70%
Olympic Tennis Centre – 80%
Future Arena – 96%
Olympic Aquatics Stadium – 94%
International Broadcast Centre – 97%
Main Press Centre – 90%
Hotel – 84%

Olympic and Paralympic Village – 97%
Olympic Golf Course – 98%

Mountain Bike Centre – 100%
Olympic BMX Centre – 100%
Whitewater Stadium – 98%
Youth Arena – 68%


All photos except Carioca Arenas: Rio City Government/Renato Sette Camara
Carioca Arenas photo – Rio City Government/Dhani Borges

City of Brussels chooses BAM-Ghelamco consortium to build new Eurostadium

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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.

Renewed Heysel

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.


Project Stats
Location: Brussels
Expected capacity: 62,613 for Euro 2020

Construction time: 2016-2018
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.

Image Copyright: Jaspers-Eyers Architects.

Otkrytije Arena chooses seats for May completion

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The new stadium for Spartak Moscow and FIFA World Cup 2018, Otkrytije Arena, has specified its seats as it enters its final phase of construction. Could its completion in May come before one of the 2014 World Cup stadiums in Brazil?

STECHERT Seating reported that the head of Spartak Moscow chose seats with a filigree design and a maximum of stability, the company’s KANGO Smart and COPACABANA Business models.

STECHERT has already started the three‐shift working at its production site in Trautskirchen, Germany, to produce the 45,000 seats in good time.

The seats will alternate in colour between the club colours ‘pure red’ and ‘traffic white’ which are set in a random order in the upper and lower tiers. The seats also spell out the lettering of the word ‘Spartak’.

All the stadium seats are fixed on crossbars, which is a special system that allows the stadium to extend or reduce the space between the seats and to easily change the seating capacity. This is useful when switching between hosting a tournament such as the World Cup and regular club games.

COPACABANA was the first stadium seat in the world to receive the red dot design award in 2011. This seat, with its mixture of excellent ergonomic design and its high backrest, will be installed 4,000 times in the Business‐ and VIP Area. The plastic parts (polypropylene) and all elements of the upholstery were tested to withstand a climate of minus 40°C, which is typical for Russia in winter. All parts of the KANGO Smart also had to complete the same tests.

STECHERT said that its price-performance ratio won the business in Moscow against a lot of competitors. Franz Stegner, the CEO and Managing Director of Stechert Stahlrohrmöbel GmbH said:

We are very happy that we were the winner of this tender and we are convinced that this club will receive a stadium to match its own class. We are hoping that this breakthrough will bring us a lot more opportunities in the biggest country of the world.

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Brentford’s 20,000 stadium at next stage of approval

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Brentford Football Club’s Lionel Road Stadium Project Team is calling on Brentford fans to write in as Mayor of London Boris Johnson prepares to make a decision about whether to ‘call in’ the project, which could add delay or threaten viability of the project.

Hounslow Council in December passed a resolution to grant Brentford Football Club planning permission for a new stadium and residential development subject to referral to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Brentford Football Club selected Willmott Dixon as preferred bidder for role of development partner for the new stadium at Lionel Road South. The planning application includes a 20,000 capacity stadium together with other community facilities, 910 new homes, and a hotel and supporting retail uses. Chris Gammon, Co-director of Lionel Road Developments, said:

Soon after submitting our Planning Application in May 2013 we began the process of identifying a partner to work on this exciting and challenging scheme. Hounslow Council officers have been focused on the deliverability of our scheme and we believe that the Club and Willmott Dixon have in place a sound commercial model and sensitive design approach which will do a great deal to meet the concerns of local residents.

We recognise we have to await the views of London and Central Governments before progressing to the next stage.

McLane name for Baylor football stadium

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Baylor University’s new on-campus football stadium will be named McLane Stadium. Drayton McLane Jr. provided the lead gift to kick-start the $260 million project and Baylor’s board of regents decided to change the name of the stadium in honour of the former regent chairman and his family.

Having initially decided to keep the name as Baylor Stadium, McLane acceded to lobbying by the university. Regent chairman Richard Willis said that the decision to change the name was made to honour the family for their continued support of the university and advancing the idea of an on-campus stadium:

With his continued generosity to the university, the board felt that naming our new football stadium McLane Stadium would appropriately honour Drayton McLane and his family for their remarkable generosity and visionary leadership, both of which have helped give rise to this extraordinary period in the history of our university.

University officials argued that having the stadium branded with a family name would boost the long-term appeal for the facility. The university has raised more than $125 million in private gifts and pledges for the project, as well as $35 million in public funds from the city of Waco. Another $100 million in athletics revenue is to cover the remaining costs of the stadium.

Largest Northern Ireland stadium appoints construction consortium

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Casement Park GAA stadium in Belfast has received planning approval and the Ulster GAA council has appointed the Heron Buckingham joint venture to build a 38,000 seater stadium, the largest in Northern Ireland.

Heron Bros built a major stand at Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby and Buckingham Group has developed similar sized projects in Britain in recent years in Milton Keynes and Brighton.

Damian Heron, Group Managing Director of Heron Bros. Ltd and Mike Kempley, Group Managing Director of Stowe based Buckingham Group promised to work closely with the local community in the construction of the stadium:

We look forward to delivering this fantastic project in conjunction with the Stadium Project Board of the Ulster GAA, DCAL and the design team in the months ahead, and to working very closely with the local community and the local supply chain in it’s delivery.

Montreal 36,000 capacity ballpark recommended result of feasibility study

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A new downtown ballpark is at the heart of a project to bring a Major League Baseball (MLB) team back to Montreal, Canada. Following a thorough analysis of the results of a feasibility study, this is the conclusion of a group comprised of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (BTMM), the Montreal Baseball Project (MBP), EY and BCF LLP. Warren Cromartie, President and Founder of the Montreal Baseball Project, said:

Based on several realistic assumptions, including broadcasting revenues and ticket sales similar to MLB averages, baseball’s return to Montreal is definitely feasible. Keep in mind that Montreal is currently the largest market in North America without a Major League Baseball team.

According to an analysis of MLB trends and the opinion of architectural firms Populous and Provencher Roy, building a new stadium near downtown would be the best option for Montreal. This would ensure the stadium is easily accessible by public transit and reach more business clientele. Sylvain Vincent, Managing Partner for Quebec at EY said:

Three of the sites that were studied meet our criteria: the land adjacent to the Bonaventure Expressway, the Wellington Basin, and the area around the Montreal Children’s Hospital. What’s more, building a stadium will have a positive impact on the urban development of each of these locations.

In addition to having the capacity for approximately 36,000 people, the feasibility study shows that the new stadium will benefit from being an open-air facility. Vincent continued:

Given that the cost of building a retractable roof varies between $150 million and $180 million, we have concluded that doing so would undermine the financial viability of the stadium. Note also that the Twins’ open-air stadium in downtown Minneapolis, which has a climate comparable to ours, shows that this type of stadium could be suitable for Montreal.

Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, said:

The feasibility study shows that Major League Baseball can be profitable in Montreal. For the project to now become a reality, we need private and public champions to stand and commit to working on it. The road will be long, but we’ve successfully completed an important step.

The total cost of this project is estimated at $1.025 billion, which includes $500 million to build a new stadium and $525 million to acquire an existing team. It’s also important to note that the majority of MLB teams use a hybrid funding model that requires both private and public involvement. Leblanc suggested a possible public private funding split:

According to this model, the team owner typically funds 67% of the project, or $690 million, while government funds 33%, or $335 million. The amounts required are clearly significant. We estimate, however, that this project can offer private investors an interesting business opportunity and satisfying returns, especially if they can combine this asset with sports content broadcast activities. Furthermore, to the extent that the government gets involved, it would recover its investment in eight years through the QST on stadium and team sales activities, income taxes paid by companies and workers involved in the baseball team project, as well as taxes induced by them, on top of taxes on players’ salaries. Once its investment is recovered, the government’s cumulative earnings are estimated at $1.188 billion for the following 22 years.

The economic benefits of this project would be significant, as in addition to creating thousands of jobs to build and operate the stadium, it will have a positive impact on Quebec’s GDP. In fact, according to the Conference Board of Canada, the impact on the GDP would be $130 million annually during the construction of the stadium, and $96 million when it’s in operation.

According to a Léger Marketing survey of 1,589 Quebecers and 392 representatives of corporations of all sizes located in the Montreal area, 69% of the general public and 81% of businesses support the idea of bringing a Major League Baseball team back to Montreal. As well, Léger Marketing notes that 40% of the population would be very interested in purchasing tickets to see an MLB game in Montreal and season tickets would represent approximately 60% of all tickets sold per game. Finally, the average projected attendance would be between 27,600 to 31,600 people per game.

Scunthorpe United unveils vision for £40 million football development

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A masterplan for a major out of town football and leisure development has been revealed by the Lincolnshire club, nicknamed The Iron. The 12,000 capacity all-seater Iron Arena is part of the vision for the overall development created by architecture and design practice Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) on a site near the club’s present Glanford Park ground.

The FWP plan also includes a 120-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches, indoor and outdoor crown green bowling facilities and a potential transport interchange hub with a new rail station.

The new football stadium would have club and executive facilities, a gym, office space and areas for commercial development as well as a club venue and supporters’ bar. A sweeping curve on the main stand designed by FWP is enhanced by a striking truss which pays homage to Scunthorpe’s steelwork history. David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, said:

We have worked very hard to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the local economy. The proposed masterplan we have created for Scunthorpe United aims to provide a real destination venue for sport, leisure and entertainment for the local community.

We have worked closely with the club to create modern facilities that will be used by members of the community seven days a week, throughout the year, something we believe is vitally important for modern day sports venues. The football stadium we are proposing is really special and the design, with its sweeping curves is striking.

It will provide the club and its fans with fantastic facilities and we’ve designed the stands to ensure the supporters are close to the action on the pitch. It gives Scunthorpe United a vibrant, modern new home. The community sports pitches and the multi-use sports hall will provide fantastic facilities for people of all ages.

We’ve also looked at the transport links to the new stadium and the transport hub we are proposing includes park and ride facilities and a possible new train stadium. It all adds to the ease of access we envisage.

E20 Stadium Partnership hires Balfour Beatty Group to transform former Olympic Stadium

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The £154 million contract to lead the transformation of the Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a multi-use venue has gone to Balfour Beatty. Having already been awarded the roof contract, the company will now lead the remainder of the transformation works of the Stadium including constructing the warm-up track, spectator and hospitality facilities, and the external landscaping.

This will deliver a multi-use sporting venue ready to host five matches during Rugby World Cup 2015, be the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016, and the new national competition stadium for athletics in the UK hosting regional and national age group championships, as well as elite international events including the annual IAAF Diamond League meeting, 2017 IAAF World Championships and 2017 IPC World Athletics Championships.

The Stadium will be used for other sporting, cultural and community events as well as a range of community benefits for local residents. A new community athletics track (pictured) will also be provided next to the main stadium funded by a London Marathon Trust grant. Works are due for completion in the spring of 2016.

Sustainable construction methods will be used, including recycling features of the existing stadium into the new scheme and the re-use of crushed demolition material.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the Legacy Corporation, said:

This is another milestone in the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We go into 2014 on track to deliver a world class venue that, when it fully opens in 2016, can be used year round to host a whole range of sporting, cultural and community events. The Stadium will be a truly remarkable legacy here in east London.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said:

This is a major step forward in ensuring the Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers a lasting community legacy of jobs, education and grassroots sport. The Stadium is an inspirational place. The conversion work will mean it continues to be a world class visitor attraction that is good for the residents of Newham, London and the nation as a whole.

Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Andrew McNaughton said:

We are delighted to be continuing our activity on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park supporting the legacy commitment made as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During construction, our firm commitment to the use of local labour and the creation of apprenticeships will continue to benefit the local community and the wider industry and upon completion, the stadium will provide a first-class sporting and cultural facility for many generations to come which Balfour Beatty is proud to be associated with.

Learn in detail from Mace and Pfeifer how the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium roof is being converted in the Winter edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Plymouth FC’s Higher Home Park kicking off construction with Keir

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Following the recent planning approval for Higher Home Park, home of Plymouth Argyle FC, owner Akkeron has ensured an early start on site by naming Plymouth-based building company Kier Construction as its preferred contracting partner.

Keir said Akkeron’s key criteria for selection of the preferred main contractor was the contractor’s willingness to commit to the creation of jobs locally and to support local schools and colleges in developing core construction skills within the City. Kier scored highly against these criteria and, subject to finalising terms, will be appointed as main contractor.

On behalf of Akkeron, Kier Construction is now inviting local trades to potentially work with them on the Higher Home Park project.

Kier Construction regional Managing Director Anthony Irving said:

Kier has a strong Plymouth heritage, having had a base here for 80 years and as the preferred main contractor for the Higher Home Park project, it will be our priority to draw on the skills of the local supply chain in the city.

The scheme, which will include a new grandstand, a 10-screen cinema, a 1,500 seat ice rink and a 120-bed hotel, will provide opportunities for all the building trades and Kier is asking businesses to start registering their interest with them

Irving added:

Akkeron invited Kier to work closely with the professional team to develop the designs for this exciting development at Higher Home Park and I am delighted that we have reached the stage where we can now involve local subcontractors, as well as schools and colleges. It is important that people in Plymouth benefit from the construction of Higher Home Park and that the young people we train during the scheme will go on to build many more great projects in the city.

Mark Jones, Head of Akkeron Regeneration, said

We are delighted that this process can get under way and it reinforces our commitment to using local businesses and labour in order to maximise the employment and economic benefits of the scheme for Plymouth. This programme ensures that we invest in the future of our young people and those seeking a move into construction industry after what has been a difficult period.

Regensburg set for new 15,000 capacity football stadium

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The city of Regensburg has appointed BAM Sports, a subsidiary of BAM Deutschland, to build a new football stadium, following a tender process. BAM Sports will start the construction of the Arena Regensburg football stadium in January 2014. Regensburg is located in the middle of the southern German state of Bavaria.

The stadium, with space for more than 15,000 spectators, will be the home of SVV Jahn, which is currently in the third division. The stadium has been designed by architect Stefan Nixdorf of agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH and comprises four free-standing tribunes with a striking red facade.

Perth super stadium request for proposals issued

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The Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron have announced details of the Request for Proposals (RFP) that have now been issued to the three short listed consortia for the design and build of the new Perth stadium and Sports Precinct.

The new Perth Stadium will feature two super screens at least 20 x 12m in size and about 1,000 television screens to ensure fans do not miss any of the action on field.

The television screens will be spread throughout the concourse to make sure fans stay in touch with games, even if they leave their seats.  Radio commentary will be played into the stadium’s toilet facilities.

The stadium will also allow patrons to stay connected with access to wi-fi, mobile phone quiet zones and at least 10 mobile phone recharging stations.

The technology features are among the specifications set out in a 2,000 page document released to the three consortia vying to build the new Perth Stadium. Premier Colin Barnett said.

The RFP provides a range of minimum standards the design must meet and outlines the technical, operational and commercial requirements to design, build, partially finance and maintain the stadium and its surrounding sports precinct.

Specifications focus on providing a spectacular fan experience with seating as close to the field of play as possible, unobstructed quality views – regardless of the seating configuration – plus comfortable and well-proportioned seats.

Premium facilities will offer unique experiences for patrons, including the Field Club, allowing fans to watch home team players warming up; the Coaches Club, positioning fans alongside the home team’s coaches box; as well as a Sky View Lounge and range of other function spaces.

The Premier said the stadium would also contain outstanding facilities for players, including change rooms dedicated for use by the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers; three multi-use warm-up rooms; and a shared recovery facility with four six-person plunge pools/ice baths, as well as two 12-person spas/hot tubs.

Two of the warm-up rooms will also have the capacity for use as an indoor cricket practice facility, and when combined with the first-class recovery facilities, provide a world-class cricket facility for both home and away teams. Barnett added:

The input from our Sports Fans User Group and all our stakeholders has been an essential element of our ‘fans first’ philosophy.

Other key requirements include the provision of unrivalled facilities for people with a disability; recognition of the Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Burswood Peninsula site; access to standing areas in addition to seats; and the provision of a range of food and beverage options, including a 500-seat buffet restaurant and a 150-seat a la carte restaurant.

Waldron said he was very pleased to see that pre-construction works were progressing well at the Burswood Peninsula site:

Between now and December, while work is under way to prepare the site for construction, the three consortia will engage in an interactive tendering process with the State Government.

The State has already started weekly workshops with each consortia as part of the four-month interactive process.

The deadline to submit a fully costed response to the RFP is mid-December, 2013. The successful consortium will be selected by June, 2014 and construction of the stadium is scheduled to begin in December, 2014.

Waldron said support for local industry and the development of the Western Australian workforce was an important part of the selection process.

USTA confirms $550m National Tennis Center stadiums and retractable roof

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The USTA has announced its plans for a sweeping transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that will include the construction of two new stadiums, as well as a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The facility will be able to accommodate an extra 10,000 people each day during the US Open, increasing attendance by approximately 1,200,000 visitors.

USTA Chairman of the Board and President Dave Haggerty said:

We have been working toward a viable design for a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium for more than a decade. Through a long and arduous process, we feel that we now have a design that meets the criteria of being architecturally sound, aesthetically pleasing, reasonably affordable, and buildable.

Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, added:

We have an aggressive construction agenda for the entire National Tennis Center, with a new Grandstand Court built in time for the 2015 US Open, new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium by 2017, and a new Louis Armstrong Stadium opening for the 2018 US Open. We recognize there are many known, and certainly many unknown, hurdles we will have to confront to meet this schedule. We are ready for the challenge and hope we can achieve it.

The cost for the transformation is estimated at $550 million, including the cost of the retractable roof, estimated at $150 million. As it has done with improvements to the National Tennis Center in the past, the USTA will self-finance the entire cost of this transformation through a combination of bonds and USTA revenue generation. Since 1994, the USTA has invested more than $500 million in improvements to the site.

In addition to the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, phase one of construction is scheduled to include the shifting of the existing practice courts and two tournament courts to the north. This will allow the construction of an expanded viewing area for the practice courts and the three new tournament courts. This enhanced fan experience will require the re-building of the current transportation facilities located adjacent to Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The retractable roof is being designed by ROSSETTI, the designer and architect of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The USTA has hired Hunt Construction Group to build the retractable roof structure. As designed, the retractable roof constructed of flexible, translucent PTFE fabric stretched over a steel frame, will be supported by eight steel columns surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Phase two of the transformation will be anchored by the construction of a new 8,000-seat Grandstand Stadium in the southwest quadrant of the Tennis Center. Simultaneously, field courts 7 through 16 will be moved south so that a larger pedestrian and fan esplanade can be created, better connecting the new Grandstand with Court 17. This southern expansion also allows the USTA to further enhance the fan experience, with a new additional food court, new merchandise locations and sponsor exhibit booths, and other fan amenities across the southern expanse of the Tennis Center.

The project’s final phase will include the construction of a new 15,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium. The USTA expects final design work for Armstrong to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months. The targeted completion date of the stadium, which will be built “roof-ready,” is August 2018. Also during the third phase, the USTA will complete a series of upgrades to the East Entrance, the most trafficked entry point to the US Open.

Edinburgh Academicals to build 5,000 capacity rugby stadium

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Edinburgh Academicals Rugby Club, the second oldest club in the UK, has confirmed that it will build an £8 million facility for 5,000 spectators (2,500 seated) in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, beginning in autumn 2014.

City councillors have approved the development. The club said the stadium will create nearly 100 full-time equivalent jobs. The next stages will be:

  • Legal agreements will entered into with the Academical Club and with the Council.
  • Internal layouts will be drawn in detail to allow the club to apply for building warrants.
  • Once building warrants have been obtained, the club will go out to tender to appoint a contractor.

The stadium’s inner city location met with significant opposition and one local councillor called it a “shopping mall with a stadium attachment”. It will contain conference facilities and a rugby museum, backed by VisitScotland. The club’s ground at Raeburn Place staged the international match between Scotland and England in 1871.

Launch of competitive dialogue to find builder for Grande Stade

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France's new national rugby stadium is moving towards construction phase.

France’s new national rugby stadium is moving towards construction phase.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has started a competitive dialogue to find a company to build and maintain the new national stadium for rugby. Deadline for applications is 15 July.

Construction will be based on the project developed by the architectural team of Populous, workshops 234 and Egis.

The constructor will build the stadium, work on real estate projects around the stadium and enter into a contract for ongoing maintenance of the facility.

Meanwhile, the property required for the project is being assembled and an agreement for the sale of the hippodrome of Ris-Orangis has been entered into by the owner.

FFR President Pierre CAMOU said:

The signing of the agreement for sale of the Hippodrome de Ris-Orangis is a new stage in the path to the construction of this great stadium which will be a major element of both the independence of French rugby and the development of the territory on which it will be implemented.



European soccer stadium tenders

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Tenders have been issued recently for a number of medium-sized soccer stadiums in Europe. In the Czech Republic, the municipal stadium of Ostrava needs to be rebuilt around new northern and southern stands at an estimated cost of €17.7 million. The tender requires a capacity increase to 15,000 and the installation of technical equipment such as CCTV, fire detection, access control and AV to meet IAAF and UEFA standards. The award process is under way and, once made, there will be 10 months to complete for a May 2014 opening.

Meanwhile, the city of Usti nad Labem is looking to rebuild its municipal football stadium, to meet the criteria of the Football Association of the Czech Republic in two phases. Firstly, the old tiers need to be demolished and a new central tribune built, with player, VIP and media facilities. Secondly, spectator grandstands are required with appropriate facilities, including concessions and toilets.

Other requirements are internal and external fencing, a scoreboard, lighting, a heated pitch and external landscaping. Value is €6.5m and the main contractor has already been chosen after an electronic auction. Appointment of subcontractors now getting under way.

FSV Zwickau is building a 10,000 capacity stadium, with one main stand. Interested parties will receive full specifications (architect is ARC) in February 2014. The selection of general contractor will be made by summer 2014, for completion summer 2015. The budget is €18 million.