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Populous nets Russian stadium job

London 2012 Olympic Stadium architect Populous has secured a deal to design the Rostov stadium in Russia ahead of the 2018 World Cup

The global practice, which has offices in London, will design the football stadium in the city of Rostov-on-Don, near the country’s border with Ukraine.

The stadium will have a capacity of 45,000 seats for the World Cup and 25,000 seats in legacy.

Its design was inspired by ancient earthworks along the banks of the river, which were used for burial pagan rituals.

The stadium has sustainable credentials and will be the core of a green city project to protect wetlands to the south of the river.

This will be the fourth stadium Populous has designed in Russia that will be used for the 2018 World Cup.

The practice is also responsible for the London 2012 Olympic stadium and the Soccer City 2010 World Cup stadium in South Africa.

Populous principal Damon Lavelle said: ‘After our experience on the World Cup in 2010 and London 2012, we are certain that the stadium will be a great catalyst for the city and this part of the river.’

In partnership with Australian firm Hassell, Populous recently scooped a deal to design a major exhibition and entertainment precinct in Sydney.

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