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    Bidder lands Central Stadium project

    An architectural concept design for the Central Stadium has been approved. The project was acquired by a consortium of design companies, Populous and Mosproject-4; Botta Management Group, specializing in sports construction management; and INGEOCOM Association construction company, a contractor.

    "The main advantage of this consortium is that it came as a single and close-knit team of designers, contractors and management companies, "explained Oleg Kharchenko, chief architect of SC Olimpstroy.

    The consortium, created specifically for the construction of the main Olympic stadium, boasts vast experience in the field: Switzerland’s Botta Management Group is overseeing the construction of ten stadiums in South Africa, intended for the 2010 FIFA World Cup; the US-based Populous built an Olympic stadium in Melbourne and is currently building a similar stadium in London for the 2012 Games.

    Two meetings of the Commission for an architectural concept design of the Central Stadium were held in mid-September. Along with SC Olimpstroy officials, the meetings were also attended by Alexander Kudryavtsev, President of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences; Yuri Gnedovsky, President Emeritus of the Russian Union of Architects; and Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts. Six architectural companies submitted 7 projects for the Central Stadium to the Commission for consideration. This will be one of the biggest facilities designed for the 2014 Olympics.

    Given the project’s unique nature and large scale, SC Olimpstroy sought to attract the world’s leading companies specializing in the field. Another important criterion for bidding consortiums was having a Russian partner.

    "We think this is the best option.It is important for us that designers and builders work in the same vein. Designers do not just offer architectural ideas; they are bidding together with construction firms ready to implement their concepts, "Kharchenko stressed.

    The bids have been submitted by:

    1. RKW company and MonArch Concern;
    2. SPeeCH, Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, GMP Architekten, the Mostovik Scientific Industrial Union;
    3. Foster+Partners;
    4. Global design practice Populous, Mosproject-4, Botta Management Group, INGEOCOM Association;
    5. RMJM company;
    6. GRM Stroy company, the Experimental Research and Development Institute OJSC.

    The 40,000-seat Central Olympic Stadium will be one of the main venues for the 2014 Olympics: this is where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held, as well as award ceremonies. After the 2014 Games, the stadium will be used for football games in accordance with FIFA standards. The expected completion date is the end of the third quarter of 2013.