The Bangladesh Cricket Board has agreed a deal with Populous for the architecture firm to serve as the international consultant for Sheikh Hasina Cricket Stadium, a planned new 50,000-capacity venue in Dhaka.
The stadium will have a boat-themed design and will be located in the Purbachal district of Bangladesh’s capital city. The BCB said the stadium will have “all modern” facilities, with the wider complex to feature indoor and outdoor practice areas, a swimming pool, a gym and an academy.
The agreement was signed yesterday (Wednesday) in a ceremony attended by BCB and government officials. Populous presented the first draft of the stadium during the ceremony, according to Bangladeshi newspaper The Business Standard.
The report added that Populous has agreed a four-year deal with the BCB and will sign a contract with a local construction company to build the stadium. It is hoped the stadium will take 30 months to build, although no start date has been announced yet.
The cost of the project, which will be Populous’ first in Bangladesh, has also not been revealed. The Business Standard said the budget will be finalised once the design has been confirmed.
BCB chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said: “The Bangladesh Cricket Board has completed the first phase of construction of the Sheikh Hasina Stadium. As per the 347-page contract of the Australian company Populous, the company has been given a deadline of 48 months to complete the work.”
He added: “They (Populous) will work on the design for the first six months. In the next 30 months, the infrastructure of the stadium has to be built. In the final 12 months minor mistakes will be corrected.”