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Design & Development

Limak lands Camp Nou construction contract

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Spanish LaLiga football club FC Barcelona has appointed Turkish company Limak Construction to carry out the redevelopment of its Spotify Camp Nou stadium, with work scheduled to begin in June following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

Limak’s appointment was approved yesterday (Monday) during a meeting of Barcelona’s board of directors. Barcelona will spend the 2023-24 season at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys while the Camp Nou undergoes major renovation work.

The revamp forms part of the club’s wider Espai Barça project, which also includes the delivery of a new Palau Blaugrana arena and the wide-ranging Campus Barça development. The capacity of the Camp Nou will increase from 98,000 to 105,000 as part of the revamp.

Barcelona said the awarding of a construction contract to Limak represents a “firm step” in the consolidation of the Espai Barça project. Limak will be required to meet the terms of a “financeable contract” that will have a maximum insured price.

Limak only has experience of building one football stadium, the 25,500-capacity Mersin Arena in Turkey. The company specialises in building infrastructure such as airports, factories and hotels.

Barcelona vice-president Elena Fort said: “We want Spotify Camp Nou to be built in the shortest possible time with the best price; two milestones that this company can meet.”

Fort added that Barcelona will return to the modified Camp Nou before the club’s 125th anniversary on November 29, 2024. The club expects the project to be completely finished before June 2026.

The bidding process for the construction contract was overseen by Goldman Sachs. According to 2Playbook.com, Limak was selected ahead of a joint proposal from Ferrovial, Acciona, Copisa, Sorigué, Copcisa and Rubau, as well as a consortium formed by FCC and Comsa.

Barcelona brought forward some of its planned renovation work at the Camp Nou to take advantage of LaLiga’s winter break for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. A partial demolition project was completed in November and the wider revamp will begin in June.

Last month also saw Barcelona commence renovation work at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys ahead of the 2023-24 season. The club will be permitted to use the stadium between August 2023 and May 2024, with the venue set to have a capacity of 55,000 for matches played by Barcelona.

Last week, Barcelona president Joan Laporta predicted a hit of almost €100m (£88m/$107m) to matchday revenue when the club temporarily relocates next season.