Four Spanish contractors have entered the race to upgrade Barcelona Football Club’s Camp Nou stadium.
According to the Reuters news agency, preliminary bids for the work have been submitted by Ferrovial, Sacyr, FCC and Acciona. All four companies are based in Madrid, but each has paired up with local companies.
Ferrovial is working with Rubau and Copisa, Sacyr with Beksiks and Acsa (currently known as Sorigue), FCC is working with Comsa and Acciona has allied with Copcisa.
Camp Nou opened in 1957 and is showing signs of ageing. The €300m "Barca Space" scheme, designed by Japanese architect Nikken Sekkei, will refurbish the ground and increase its capacity from 99,300 to 105,000.
Some items on the renewal programme have already been completed. The 15,276-seat Miniestadi, home to Barcelona Femeni, the women’s team, which is next to Camp Nou, has been demolished and replaced by a 6,000-seat stadium named after Johan Cruyff.
The four competitors presented their plans last week. Final submissions are due in the autumn, a decision on the winning bid will come by the end of the year, and work will begin in May 2021.
Image: Barca’s home support (DJ Lucifer/CC BY 2.0)