Design & Development

Barcelona confirms appointments for next phase of Camp Nou project

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Spanish LaLiga football club FC Barcelona has appointed the joint venture of Ingeniería y Arquitectura Torrella and Ingenieros JG to direct the next construction phase for the revamped Camp Nou stadium.

It was reported earlier this month that locally-based Torrella had been awarded the contract ahead of Nikken Sekkei, the Japanese firm which in March 2016 was selected alongside Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes as the winner of the tender for the design of the project.

Barcelona’s board of directors has now confirmed that Torrella has been awarded the contract in a joint venture with Ingenieros JG. The club will continue to work with Nikken Sekkei, which will serve as a design guardian for the project, supporting the bidding process for the works and drafting execution plans.

Barcelona noted that Nikken Sekkei, together with IDOM and b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, was awarded the basic advanced project contract for the Camp Nou, with this agreement coming to an end on August 15. The club stressed that, contrary to media reports, the contract was not “terminated”.

The announcement comes as work continues on the partial demolition of the third tier of the South Goal zone at the Camp Nou.

Preparation work on the zone started on September 1 with the removal of equipment and fittings. This marks the start of the partial demolition of the third tier, making use of LaLiga’s break in play during November and December for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The work will consist of removing the outer ring, the South Goal façade cantilever roof, and half of the South Goal third tier, which acts as a counterweight. There are three scheduled demolition phases. The first involves the preliminary work up to the break for the World Cup. The second will see the partial demolition of the third tier, mainly involving the removal of the main structure, with new stairs and escape routes prepared to reuse the second-tier seats that remain unaffected by the work.

Barcelona in July confirmed it would bring forward some of its planned renovation work at the Camp Nou in the coming months, taking advantage of LaLiga’s winter break for the World Cup.

In other news, Barcelona has posted a profit of €98m (£85.5m/$97.7m) for the 2021-22 financial year, and a turnover of €1.02bn. The club is forecasting a profit of €274m for the 2022-23 season.