Dubai Sports City (DSC) invited about four companies in mid-July to prequalify for the contract to draw up infrastructure design studies. The contract calls for a detailed masterplan covering the entire 50 million-square-foot site. The prospective bidders include: Canada's Cansult; the UK's Hyder Consulting; Maunsell, also of the UK; and Parsons International of the US. The full tender is expected to be issued by late September. DSC intends to issue tenders for construction by the first quarter of 2005.
The DSC has already appointed Germany's VonGerkan, Marg & Partner (GMP) to design the scheme's four stadiums. The other bidders for the contract were: Australia's The Cox Group; Palethorpe Architects, also of Australia; and Tallibertof France. The stadiums will have a combined seating capacity of over 80,000 spectators, capable of hosting a mixture of sports ranging from track and field events to football and cricket. The development will also include the construction of: training academies; an 18-hole championship golf course and residential complex; a dedicated sports free zone; and hotel facilities. Further announcements are expected on the establishment of an international cricket academy and a golf residential development. Parsons is acting as the project management consultant for the estimated $2,500 million development project (MEED 18:06:04).