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Brits receive call-up for £40m Barcelona stadium shortlist

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Two British practices are in the final stages of a competition for a new 40,000-capacity football stadium in Barcelona. HOK Sport+Venue+Event is on the four-strong invited shortlist along with fellow Brit Arup Associates, US-based Architectonica and French architect Jean Nouvel.

The four submitted their proposals last Friday for the £40 million scheme, which includes a stadium for FC Espanol Barcelona and a retail and office development. The club will announce the winner in the next few months and hopes construction will begin by the middle of next year.

lHOK Sport+Venue+Event has given short shrift to rumours that the cost of Arsenal Football Club's new £250 million stadium is spiralling out of control. Project director Christopher Lee has rubbished reports that complications with the Section 106 agreement have led the estimated project cost to jump by £100 million.

However, he admitted that the cost has increased beyond the original price tag. Complications have arisen, Lee said, with the waste management system that Arsenal agreed to build as a condition of planning permission. The scheme will clear the final hurdle in midNovember, he added, with the conclusion of the compulsory purchase order inquiry. Work will begin on site by February.

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