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Zaha throws in the towel over Tokyo Stadium job

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Zaha Hadid Architects has dropped out of the race to build the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo – just days after announcing it would submit a fresh bid for the prized job

Last week construction and architecture firm Nikken Sekkei announced it had reappointed Zaha Hadid to its design and build team as it battled to win back the prestigious project after its original proposals were thrown out on cost grounds.

But today, the pair announced they had not been able to secure a construction company for their new bid, and would be withdrawing from the competition.

A statement from Zaha Hadid said: ‘It is disappointing that the two years of work and investment in the existing design for a new National Stadium for Japan cannot be further developed to meet the new brief through the new design competition.’

However, it said that it, and Nikken Sekkei stood prepared to use the knowledge it has built up on the project to assist the Japanese and Tokyo governments to assess bids.

The competition rules required design firms to form a consortium covering planning, design, construction and construction supervision.

Zaha Hadid’s original, contest-winning proposals were dropped in July due to escalating costs. After that decision, the firm criticised the client’s insistence on limiting the construction contract to a small number of Japanese firm, which it claimed pushed prices up.

Hadid’s earlier plan had been estimated to cost more than ¥250 billion, but the new project has been handed a revised budget capped at ¥155 billion.


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