Eight of 12 shortlisted bidders for the construction of an Olympic stadium have returned bids to the client, the Olympic Games Preparation & Arrangement Committee (MEED 24:1:97). The contract is estimated to be worth $120 million.

The eight bidders, with their local partners, are:

the UK’s John Laing International with Gunal

France’s Dumez GTM with Enka

Morse Diesel International and HOK International, both of the US, with

Gulermak Agir Endustri

ICF Kaiser, Clark Construction International, Parsons Brinkerhoff and NBBJ Sports & Entertainment Partnership, all of the US, Germany’s Wayss & Freytag and locals Kiska and Yapi Merkezi

France’s Bouygues with Baytur and ATA

Spain’s Ferrovial and Agroman Empesa Constructora, Bahrain’s Dar al-Handasah Consultants, and the local Alsim Alarko

Russia’s Ellerbe Beckett International with Tekser

France’s Campenon Bernard and SAE with Tekfen

The government has decided the stadium will go ahead even though Istanbul has been unsuccessful in bidding to host the 2004 Olympics.

With seating for about 80,000 people, the stadium is planned for athletics, football and other field sports, and will comply with Olympic and other international standards. It will be the centrepiece of 14 separate sporting facilities at an Olympic Park planned at Ikitelli, near Ataturk International Airport.

The government is required to provide 80 per cent of the park’s financing, according to the Turkish Olympic Act, but financing offers by bidders for the stadium will be taken into consideration.