Construction companies BAM Galère and CIT Blaton have been selected to deliver the redevelopment of Belgian First Division A football club Standard Liège’s Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

Belgian newspaper Le Soir said the two firms have been chosen following a tender process in which Moury Construct and Eloy-Duchêne were also in contention.

The City of Liège last month gave the green light to the project, with construction due to begin in January as part of a multi-phase plan that is expected to take four years to complete. Stade Maurice Dufrasne first opened in 1909 and has a current capacity of around 27,500.

Assar Architects’ vision for the stadium will see the capacity expanded to 35,000, with the addition of an Esplanade to enhance access. Fans currently gather on a public road surrounding the facility before and after games and the esplanade will solve this issue.

The redevelopment also intends to transform the stadium into a multi-purpose venue. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Liège Verviers Namur has requested that Standard build 6,000 m² of office space, which will also incorporate an array of other offerings.

These include commercial space, a fan shop, creche, playground, a “laser game” area, wellness and health centre and a new club museum.

Images: Assar Architects