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Populous lands Chinese stadium

Stadium specialists Populous, the practice behind the centrepiece arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has won a contract to build a major sports development in China

The new project, set for the historic city of Datong, near Beijing in northern China, will feature a 30,000-seat stadium and an 8,000-seat arena and is part of a larger drive to regenerate the city.

Populous spokesman Paul Henry said: ‘We have found that China values sporting venues as gathering places for modern communities, which also reflect the unique qualities of a particular city.

‘Datong was a military stronghold for several dynasties, so the architecture of the new sports park features themes of strength and fortitude, while reflecting the numerous ethnic communities that built a resilient northern China.

‘The design also aims to reflect the city’s heritage, and its modern economic role in mining and finance, and the surrounding natural mountainous landscape.’

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