“There’s no day to lose,” says investor about the delayed construction of Stade des Lumieres outside Lyon. Cornerstone is to be installed on November 12, but work is already gaining pace on site.
Speaking to Le Progrès, Olympique Lyonnais speaker assured the project delayed many months is progressing on a daily basis. Gilbert Giorgi, vice-president of Land Montout (Olympique’s subsidiary) claims there is not a day to lose at this point.
“We have over 400 people working on site already and some 40 more are joining every week. This is a real hive, we’re not losing a single day. At the end of the year we should have 700-800 workers to rise to the challenge,” said Giorgi.
Work on site has resumed this summer after months of financial deadlock, following preparatory works from 2012. When all funding had been secured in late July, the project was restarted. Now mounting of the cornerstone is planned for November 12, marking the actual construction ongoing.
Still, with the long standstill it’s already impossible to meet UEFA’s deadline and deliver the stadium half a year before Euro 2016. Stade des Lumieres won’t be ready until January 29, 2016. Of course if no more delays happen.