Arup to design US$90m renovation of Commonwealth Games stadium

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Arup has been selected to redesign the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, UK, which will undergo a £70m (US$90m) transformation ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The revamp will involve the demolition of three of its four current stands with a new replacement to increase the capacity at the Alexander Stadium from 12,700 to 20,000. However, during the Games, the stadium will boast a 40,000-seat capacity as a result of temporary seating being installed.

Arup, which has previously worked on sports stadia design projects including the Bird’s Nest and Beijing National Aquatics Center for the 2008 Olympic Games, is understood to have beaten 12 other companies to the contract and will work with Mace, the project manager.

With the Alexander Stadium to be used as the main stage for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletics events, a renovation was necessary in order to satisfy games requirements.    

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