Five architecture firms have been shortlisted to lead the redesign of the Stade de la Meinau as part of a planned €100m (£83m/$108m) revamp of the home of French Ligue 1 football club RC Strasbourg.
SCAU, KSS Group, HPP, Populous and 2PORTZAMPARC were selected out of a total of 45 applications that were submitted before the deadline in October. They will have until May 2020 to submit their final plans, with the winner set to be announced in July.
The club said that SCAU’s bid is supported by SDP, OTE Ingenierie and Jean-Paul Lamoureux, while KSS has enlisted the support of AEA, as well as BuroHappold and Igrec Ingenierie.
HPP’s bid is supported by Archi5prod, Emergence Architecture and OTE, while Populous is backed by Rey-De Crecy, as well as Maffeis and OTE. 2PORTZAMPARC’s submission includes ATSP and OTE Ingenierie.
The redevelopment, which is being overseen by Eurométropole de Strasbourg, the regional administration, will increase the capacity of the stadium from 26,000 to 32,500 whilst creating new meeting and service spaces, as well as reception lounges and access points.
Eurométropole de Strasbourg will provide €50m of the funding required for the project with three other regional public bodies – the Grand Est (€25m), City of Strasbourg (€12.5m) and the Department of Bas-Rhin (€12.5m) – covering the remaining costs.
The club itself plans to commit between €7m and €8m towards upgrading the stadium’s museum, shops, offices and ticketing facilities, as well as €10m towards a new training centre for the first team and €21m towards modernising academy facilities.
“The new stage is taking shape with the presentations from these five multi-national and experienced teams,” Eurométropole de Strasbourg president Robert Herrmann said. “The plan to see a renovated and enlarged Stade de la Meinau in a few years is coming to fruition.”
Herrmann added that the project would be pursued “without the pressure of a deadline”, although reports in September indicated that a completion date of 2025 had been earmarked.
RC Strasbourg president Marc Keller said that the project would enable the club to have “a modern, functional, accessible stadium, respectful of environmental issues, that will keep its festive and friendly atmosphere. We want the stadium of tomorrow with the atmosphere of today.”