Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Federal Sports Commission of Ethiopia has revealed it will accept tenders next month for the delayed Olympic-sized 60,000-seat national stadium in Addis Ababa dubbed Adey Abeba.
“The process is open to both local and foreign contractors and should take no more than a month to complete,” Nasir Legesse, director of the Information and Communication Directorate, at the sports authority told Zawya Projects in an exclusive.
He added that the largest stadium in Ethiopia, which will be built over 67,000 square meters at an estimated cost of $100 million (2,033 billion birr), is financed by the Ethiopian Government and will take an estimated two years to complete.
The design, currently being finalized by local firm MH Engineering plc, is expected to take its inspiration from international stadiums such as the Beijing National Stadium, (the Bird’s Nest), said Legesse.
He nevertheless declined to comment on the reason for the retendering and selection of the new design firm in October 2014.
Previous joint-bid design winners, German firm Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) and local firm JDAW Consulting Architects and Engineers were ousted from the project; JDAW has filed a lawsuit before Ethiopian courts seeking to have an injunction against the sports commission.
The new project will overtake the pole position from the country’s current Addis Ababa International Stadium, which has a 30,000-seat capacity.