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Spanish builders vie to revamp Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium

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The renovation works will include increasing the stadium's capacity to just over 105,000 spectators, as well as installing a roof and revamping the surrounding neighbourhood.

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FOUR of Spain's largest construction companies are competing for a contract to upgrade football club Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium, having submitted preliminary offers last week, five sources close to the matter said on Wednesday.

Infrastructure heavyweights Ferrovial, Sacyr, FCC and Acciona have each paired up with local companies to bid for the project called Espai Barca, or Barca Space.

One source in the construction sector said that the project was worth approximately 300 million euros (S$473 million).

The 26-times Spanish league champions have been looking to renovate Camp Nou for around two decades, with president Josep-Maria Bartomeu forging ahead now despite the club's weak finances and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The four competitors presented their plans last Friday, with final submissions expected this autumn and a decision on the winning bidder due by the end of the year. The works are expected to begin in May 2021.

Heathrow owner Ferrovial has joined forces with Catalan builders Rubau and Copisa, while Sacyr has teamed up with Beksiks and Acsa (currently known as Sorigue).

FCC is working with Comsa, while renewables specialist Acciona has allied with Copcisa. The winning bidder will have four years to complete the renovation.

Works will include increasing the stadium's capacity to just over 105,000 spectators, compared with just over 99,000 currently, as well as installing a roof and revamping the surrounding neighbourhood.

Separately, the club is looking for a sponsor for the stadium, but has had little success so far after a chaotic spring in which six directors resigned and players' wages were cut in response to the health crisis. REUTERS

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