TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit has become the world’s largest gathering of project delegations involved in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of major sports venues.
With more than €10bn worth of construction already confirmed in attendance on 27-29 Nov in Barcelona, we present a more in-depth look at some of the projects showcasing at the meeting.
Real Madrid’s makeover of the Bernabéu is one of the industry’s most anticipated future venues.
The Spanish La Liga football club has now been given full approval for plans to enhance and expand its home stadium.
The club announced last October that it had reached an agreement with the council to launch a €400m (£349m/$448m) redevelopment project at the Bernabeu.
Project Architects, L35 Architects, spoke at TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Dublin last June (the month that Madrid City Council gave the green light to the project) on realising the vision of the new Bernabéu including details on improved interior comfort, lower acoustic impact and the iconic image of the stadium.
A new retractable roof is central to the new plans, with construction work set to conclude by 2020 at the latest.
Real has been keen to revamp the Bernabeu for several years, but previous attempts have been turned down by the council. Original plans to include a hotel and shopping centre as part of the development have been scaled back, although some of the facility may still be used for commercial areas.
Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company will help finance the project.
Planned improvements include the installation of a retractable roof on the stadium, as well as the construction of an on-site shopping centre and hotel.
According to Marca, although the hotel will not be a large facility, it will offer views of the playing surface inside the Bernabeu. The design of the stadium will also mean that noise for neighbouring buildings, included the planned hotel, will be reduced
In addition, the club is planning to redesign the stands at the Bernabeu, expand the Real Madrid Museum, improve accessibility and exit systems, as well as add 6,000 square metres of garden area.
Jose Manuel Calvo, the delegate for Sustainable Urban Development, said: “We think this is a good project for the city of Madrid.”