|Category||Design being implemented|
|Cost||CHF 36 mln|
|Construction||2021 - ?|
|Design||Burkard Meyer Architekten|
|Contractor||HRS Real Estate AG|
Description: Torfeld Süd
Construction of a new stadium in southern Torfeld is expected to become a major part of entire district’s revival. This industrial area is located in a very attractive part of Aarau, but has been residentially and commercially unused. Its transformation is expected to cost CHF 170 million, of which the stadium should consume 36 million.
The concept was delivered by Burkard Meyer. The architect is known for simple, minimalistic and harmonious designs and so it is with Torfeld Süd. The stadium is visually enclosed by a rectangular concrete frame with openwork colonnade showing the bright red stands. Likewise, floodlights also form a frame instead of single masts.
As the stadium’s blueprint is limited, a shopping mall and multi-storey car park was planned underneath, assuring sufficient parking capacity for everyday use. There is no room for open-space parking lots around with three sides being limited by existing or planned buildings, while the north end runs along railway lines with only a pedestrian bridge to north Torfeld planned.
First planning application was filed back in August 2012, but since then the scheme hasn’t seen groundbreaking. Permission came in May of 2015, but market reality verified the plans negatively. HRS Real Estate, in order to finance the project, suggested dropping the shopping centre under the stadium and instead provide cross-financing from 4 residential/commercial towers around the stadium. In such form the stadium could go under construction in 2021.
Switzerland: Uncertain future of Aarau stadium
The design of a new stadium for FC Aarau was created in 2008, however the construction has not started yet. On August 26th the city council will decide about the stadium’s future.
Switzerland: Aarau stadium won't see groundbreaking until 2021
Though citizens voted in favour in a referendum 10 years ago (!), the new stadium in Aarau is still not coming. Just enough work will be done this year to retain the planning permission, while actual groundbreaking is expected in 3 years.
Switzerland: Groundbreaking in Aarau finally closer
So finally, after almost 8 years the construction of Torfeld Süd stadium in Aarau is possibly just months away.
Switzerland: One person held stadium project hostage until today
All indications say today’s decision by the Lausanne Federal Court ends the saga of stadium opposition in Aarau. One person had halted the 10,000-stadium for several years.
Switzerland: Problems mounting for FC Aarau
The Swiss club may lose up to four years in its pursuit of a new stadium after recent citizen appeal. Meanwhile Aarau is unsure of meeting league regulations without the new arena and will be losing money.
New design: Torfeld Süd
A derelict area of warehouses is planned to get a new life and FC Aarau new football stadium is expected to provide the pulse. But will the scheme succeed? Recent protest raises concerns.