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Wembley Stadium 'on schedule' for big kick-off

The firm building HOK Sport and Foster and Partners' Wembley Stadium has claimed that fears the project will not be ready in time to stage the FA Cup final in May have been allayed.

Property developer and construction firm Multiplex stressed this morning that the scheme is on target for a March handover.

Chief executive Andrew Roberts said today: `The construction project showing completion at the end of March remains unchanged.

`There has been some press that the FA has booked, on a contingent basis, Cardiff Millennium Stadium.

`I suppose that's understandable if you are the FA. But their expectation, as well as ours, is that the FA Cup will be held at Wembley in May 2006.'

In a formal statement the company - which is going to make a hefty loss on the project - added: `Multiplex and the client are working in a cooperative manner to ensure handover of the stadium in time for the 2006 FA Cup [final].

`Progress on site over the last three months provides comfort that the revised programme will be achieved.'

The Australian firm reported that the main structure is now complete and construction of the roof is 'well under way'.

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