West Ham Welcome Design/Construction Firm Bids for Stadium Work

April 21, 2011

English Premier League soccer club West Ham United have begun officially inviting bids to carry out design and construction works to transform the Olympic Stadium, cialis post 2012, having been awarded the rights to the stadium by the UK Government and London Mayor.

The news comes despite the current uncertainty over the move caused by Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur asking for a judicial review into the decision, with League One side Leyton Orient also opposed to the decision.

Firms from across Europe are being invited to come up with plans to turn the Stadium into a multi-use venue with a 60,000 capacity for football matches, 74,000 for athletics meets and 90,000 for concerts.

West Ham and the London Borough of Newham have together set up Legacy Stadium Partnership LLP as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the project, expected to cost £100m (US$166m).

Work will include extending or replacing the roof so that it covers most of the seating, installing hospitality facilities and corporate boxes and office/retail accommodation. 

The successful bidder will be expected to be responsible for all aspects of design, take it through planning and supervise delivery of works on site for completion by May 2014 allowing for a series of test events before the start of the 2014/15 season.

West Ham hope to make a further announcement at the end June about the project.

Sir Robert McAlpine is a clear early favourite to take the job after successfully completing the original London 2012 Olympic stadium ahead of budget, though firms have been given until May 12 to pre-qualify.