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FCC short-listed to build the world's largest sports stadium, in Singapore


FCC short-listed to build the world's largest sports stadium, in Singapore

  • It includes managing the complex for 25 years

FCC, through its Austrian subsidiary ALPINE, has been short-listed to build the new Singapore Sports Hub, a multi-purpose sports stadium. The project includes managing the facility for 25 years.

The new Singapore Sports Hub, to be built on the site of the former stadium, will be the world's largest sports facility and the largest construction project ever undertaken in Singapore.

ALPINE, at the head of a consortium with Australian company Babcock & Brown and Singapore company Woh Hup Holdings, is competing against two other international consortia. The decision is expected early in 2008.

ALPINE has presented a very attractive architectural design. On a 35 hectare site, the company proposes a new 55,000-seat stadium with retracting roof, a water sports centre with capacity for 6,000 visitors, and a 3,000-seat multi-purpose indoor sports stadium. There will also be over 40,000 square metres of leisure and commercial premises. The project includes creating office space, a sports medicine treatment and research centre, and 2,500 parking spaces.

One of the bidding requirements is that the facility be marketed efficiently; consequently, ALPINE has presented a very attractive marketing proposal in partnership with SMG, a world leader in managing and commercialising sports facilities.

The construction of Singapore's new stadium would consolidate FCC's international footprint and put it in the vanguard in the construction of large sports facilities worldwide.

Track record in stadium construction

ALPINE has extensive experience in building large stadiums. It built the Allianz Arena in Munich, which hosted the opening ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and is one of the world's most spectacular sports venues; ALPINE is also building the Dubai Cricket Stadium.

For the Euro 2008 Football Championship, ALPINE is building the Wörthersee-Stadion and Stadion Tivoli, and is expanding Salzburg's Wals-Siezenheim stadium.

ALPINE is also building two lines of the Singapore Metro. Other projects in Asia include the construction of an 11.2-kilometre headrace tunnel for the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydroelectric plant in the southern Himalaya region (worth 79 million euro), a highway in China (Ningbo-Jinhua), and two water supply tunnels in Ping Lu. Also in India, it has just been awarded the contract, worth 139.3 million euro, to build the first section of the metro line connecting the city of New Delhi to the airport.

FCC has broad experience building football stadiums in Spain. It remodelled and expanded the Santiago Bernabéu and Vicente Calderón stadiums, in Madrid, and Nou Camp, in Barcelona; and it built the Sardinero football stadium, in Santander, Ciudad Deportiva Joan Camper, for Barcelona, Real Madrid's new training ground, in Valdebebas, and the new pitch for Español, in Cornellá. Some months ago, it won the contract to built Valencia Football Club's new stadium.

ALPINE operates worldwide. With approximately 3.3 billion euro in construction revenues and close to 14,300 employees, ALPINE is Austria's second-largest construction group. To date in 2007, ALPINE has landed new contracts worth over 3 billion euro. FCC acquired 80% of Alpine in 2006 as part of the 2005-2008 Strategic Plan promoted by the company's leading shareholder, Esther Koplowitz.