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Barcelona facing further delays to Espai Barça project

The Espai Barça project of Spanish LaLiga football club Barcelona has been further delayed, according to La Vanguardia.

The Barcelona-headquartered newspaper said delays in regulatory approval are behind the latest delays to the project, which include redevelopment of the Camp Nou stadium at its heart, adding that work is now not expected to commence until June 2019.

Construction started on the 6,000-seat Estadi Johan Cruyff, which will host reserve, youth team and women’s matches, in September and is set for completion in February. However, lack of final approval at the municipal level, after initial backing in July, has led to delays for the main Espai Barça projects.

La Vanguardia added that it is unclear whether the City Council of Barcelona will include Espai Barça on its agenda for April.

Work on the redevelopment was originally scheduled to commence in June or July last year, but in January 2017, Barcelona’s executive director, Oscar Grau, said the start date had been pushed back to the summer of 2018.

The original start date was outlined in March 2016 after Barcelona chose Nikken Sekkei and Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes as the winner of the tender for the design of the redevelopment project.

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