The main contractor for the modernisation of the home venue of Barça, Turkish company, Limak Construction, has announced the engagement of London-based WOO Architects in the project. The firm will contribute to the design and implementation team, working with Limak to redevelop the famous stadium.
Renowned architectural firm to help with revamp
Further modernisation work at Spotify Camp Nou is currently awaiting the end of the current LaLiga season. So far, a segment of the stand behind the south goal along with the scoreboard has been demolished. The work has involved dismantling the back of these sections and the central part of the top level of the auditorium. As a result of the work carried out, the capacity of the arena has shrunk by 3,782 seats. Thanks to the World Cup break, it was possible to get ahead of schedule. Everything is set to accelerate further when Barcelona temporarily move out of their home ground next season and play host to the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.
Limak Constuction, responsible for Camp Nou redevelopment, has hired a new studio to help with the design work of the upgraded facility. These are WOO architects, who boast some experience in sports architecture. The studio was founded in 2014 by the team that led the design of the London 2012 Olympic Games on behalf of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The office's official website states that WOO's work on the event started from the earliest bidding process through to the final design, delivery and staging of the Games.
The design team is expanding
The studio will now work alongside Spanish firm Ghesa, Australian engineering firm Robert Bird Group and crowd movement specialists Movement Strategies on Camp Nou design. They will act as Limak's design and construction team for the stadium transformation. The contract with WOO is expected to run until 2026, when the upgrade is scheduled to be completed. Last month, we reported that Nikken Sekkei, co-responsible for the stadium redevelopment concept, will continue to work with Barcelona to ensure continuity of the initial design and to work out ways to incorporate changes.
It’s a privilege to be working on such a landmark project. Our work will provide a legacy for a new age of sporting achievement, and visually transform the stadium to respond to the needs and aspirations of 21st century audiences.
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