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Foster misses out on Real Madrid stadium revamp

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GMP has beaten Foster + Partners, Populous and Herzog & de Meuron in the competition to redevelop the Bernabeu stadium, in Madrid

German practice GMP Architekten, working with Spanish firms L-35 and Ribas & Ribas has won the competiton to redevelop Real Madrid’s 90,000 seater stadium.

Under GMP’s proposals the current stands will be extended, wrapped in metallic cladding and topped with a retractable roof.

Work is planned to start on the project at the end of this season and complete in 2017.

The stadium will in part be designed by a fan of Real Madrid’s arch rivals as Josep Ribas, of Ribas & Ribas is a season ticket holder at Catalan giants Barcelona FC.

Volkwin Marg, head of GMP said his aim was to “transform the Santiago Bernabéu into the most advanced and developed twenty-first century stadium. This building is undoubtedly the most important project of our careers.

‘We had in mind a Madrid landmark and we’ll continue to defend the club and the values of Real Madrid’s history. It’s a true work of art.’


Foster + Partners and De la Hoz’s design

Four teams had been shortlisted for the contained Foster + Partners working with De la Hoz, Herzog & de Meuron and Moneo, and Populous paired with Estudio Lamela.

An online poll conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca before the announcement showed that 50 percent of Madrid fans favoured the design by Foster + Partners.

Last week it emerged Foster + Partners had also lost its grip on the stadium project for the Galácticos’ rivals Barcelona FC.

The architect behind Wembley Stadium first revealed its competition-winning scheme for the Catalan club back in 2007 - a £174 million expansion project of the world-famous Nou Camp stadium which would have added a new upper tier underneath a new cable-net roof structure.

However the project, which had originally been scheduled to complete in 2011 (AJ 24.09.11), stalled due to the financial crisis and the club decided to look at a number of other options.

Now Barcelona has decided to progress with a £495 million redevelopment programme of its existing ground, however Norman Foster’s practice is no longer understood to be involved.

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