Aerial time-lapse of new Tottenham Hotspur stadium

As fans of English Premier League soccer side Tottenham Hotspur FC await completion of their new state-of-the-art stadium, the club has released a time-lapse of how the 61,559-seater venue in London, UK, which is expected to cost over £1bn (US$1.37bn), has taken shape over the course of 2017.

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Southend United unveils fly-through video Of Fossetts Farm development

English soccer club Southend United FC has released a video showcasing the new Fossetts Farm project, a multi-use development which will include a new 21,000-seat stadium for the League One side.

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Bidding launched for Rio handball arena

Rio’s City Hall has released the RFP (Request for Proposals) for construction of Rio 2016’s Olympic Games Handball Arena. The project, which was developed by the Municipal Olympic Company (EOM), the Municipal Urbanisation Company (Riourbe) and the Ministry of Sport, follows an innovative concept of nomadic architecture that has never been used in previous Games editions.

In order to avoid permanent constructions that could remain unused after the Games’ conclusion, the City Hall and the Ministry of Sport established that the Handball Arena would be an overlay venue. To ensure the best use of public funds, the team involved in the project worked to define in advance the future use of the structure. Due to its characteristics, the Handball Arena was adapted to the nomadic architecture concept. Accordingly, after the sports mega-event, the venue will be disassembled and its components will be reinstalled, resulting in four schools, each with a 500-student capacity.

This is the first time that this nomadic architecture concept has been used at the Olympic Games, ensuring that even overlay facilities may leave atangible sporting legacy for the city.

From the beginning, the Handball Arena project was developed for subsequent transformation into four schools. The winning bidder will be responsible for the construction, operation and dismantling of the Olympic venue and assembling of the schools in 2017. Construction works should amount to R$121.1m (US$52.8). The operation would require additional investments of R$6m (US$2.6m); R$19.7m (US$8.6m) in the disassembling, and R$31.2m (US$13.6) in the assembling of the new schools. Accordingly, the Federal Government will transfer to the Municipal Government around R$178m (US$77.8m), according to the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Sport and the City Hall in May 2012. The funds from PAC (Growth Acceleration Programme) will be passed along by the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal).

The Handball Arena will be built in an area of about 35,000m2 at the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca. With capacity for 12,000 spectators, the arena will host the Olympic handball competitions and the Paralympic goalball competitions. The works are scheduled to start in the first half of 2014, and should be completed in the second half of 2015.


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