Rotterdam: De Kuip reconstruction under threat?

source: AD.nl / FR12.nl

Rotterdam: De Kuip reconstruction under threat? Despite over half a year since the preferred bidder selection, BAM is yet to submit stadium plans for evaluation. It’s unclear whether their concept is feasible at all.

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Neither in November, nor during yesterday’s meeting of various stakeholders there wasn’t much to discuss about the De Kuip redevelopment. And reason for this is simple: “Blueprints? We don’t even have a sketch”, says René van Ierschot, special projects manager at Feyenoord.

Global giant in stadium construction BAM is yet to deliver detailed documentation of their winning design. They were given a deadline until end of January, 2015.

De Kuip BAM

Reportedly, meeting the tight budget of €200 million is a major issue. The proposed structure may consume too much steel and replacing it with a more economical solution is the goal.

“If this doesn’t happen, then options are open again. Red De Kuip (runners-up) doesn’t step in automatically, though I imagine we would talk to them about it. But until there is a “Plan A”, we need to put all our energy into it”, Ierschot stated yesterday.

The famous and monument-listed De Kuip awaits its first major expansion since opening. Along the scheme it should grow by nearly 20,000 seats to reach 70,000. A new retractable roof and extensive corporate/hospitality facilities.

De Kuip BAM

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