London (UK)-based wooarchitects have been appointed by Limak Construction for the redevelopment of the home of the LaLiga club FC Barcelona – the Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
‘fsm-online.co.uk’ stated that chosen for their technical expertise in sports architecture and stadium redevelopment, wooarchitects will be working in conjunction with the Spanish company Ghesa, Australian engineer Robert Bird Group and the crowd movement specialist, Movement Strategies. They will form Limak Construction’s design and delivery team in transforming Europe’s largest and most iconic sporting venue.
wooarchitects is a London (UK)-based architectural design practice that creates innovative and bespoke design solutions for sporting, community and cultural projects all over the world.
Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça, is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, that competes in LaLiga, the top flight of Spanish football.
The 99,354-capacity Camp Nou, officially branded as Spotify Camp Nou for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. It has been the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957.
Ankara (Turkey)-based Limak Construction, established in 1976, specializes in all infrastructure and superstructure projects, including airports, ports, highways, dams, hydroelectric power plants, treatment plants, factories, industrial plants, food facilities, pipelines, multiple-use complex structures, and hotel constructions.
GHESA is a Spanish engineering company initially set up for the development of projects in the electricity sector, particularly in the field of power generation. The company later underwent a broad process of diversification into other fields where synergies existed in terms of technology and management.
Brisbane (Australia)-based the Robert Bird Group, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, is a specialist structural, civil and construction engineering consultancy with over 700 employees across 11 offices in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, South East Asia, and America. It is dedicated to creating exceptional value for its clients through the intelligent application of engineering science and innovative approaches towards planning for construction.
England (UK)-based Movement Strategies was founded in London in 2005 as a crowd dynamics consultancy to help plan, design and operate crowded places such as stadiums, metros and events, with the objectives of making them safer and more secure, maximizing capacity and utilization of the asset, enhancing visitor experience, and improving profitability. It has grown to become the largest crowd and people movement consultancy worldwide and trusted to work on the most challenging or prestigious projects.
Commented Kevin Owens, founder of wooarchitects, “It’s a privilege to be working on such a landmark project. Our work will provide a legacy for a new age of sporting achievement, and visually transform the stadium to respond to the needs and aspirations of 21st century audiences.”
woo founder Kevin Owens and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Richardson both attended the Coliseum Summit EUROPE which was recently held (March 22-23) at the Twickenham Stadium in England, UK.
‘fsm-online.co.uk’ further stated that wooarchitects’ three-year engagement will start this month, in time for 2026 completion. The revamp of the Camp Nou forms part of Barcelona’s wider Espai Barça project, which also includes the delivery of a new Palau Blaugrana arena and the wide-ranging Campus Barça development.
The Espai Barça development plan goes well beyond modernization and reconstruction of FC Barcelona’s home venue Spotify Camp Nou. In addition to increasing the capacity of the current stadium to 105,000 from circa 99,000 and completely revamping the current structure of Spotify Camp Nou, the Espai Barça project entails building a new Palau Blaugrana with a capacity of 15,000, an additional court with a capacity of 2,000, an ice rink, a new social area, a new commercial area, revamped club offices, La Masía (read FC Barcelona’s youth academy), and an additional 5,000 parking spots. This ambitious initiative has been in work for several years and is scheduled to be ready for the 2024-2025 seasons. In April 2014, Espai Barça was approved by the club’s members with a budget of $700 million.