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McLaren and FCC plot Tottenham stadium bid

McLaren and FCC plot Tottenham stadium bid
McLaren Construction and Spanish company FCC are believed to be planning a joint venture bid for Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium.

The two firms are looking to take on the £400 million project which will see the north London club significantly increase the capacity on their current White Hart Lane stadium. The Construction Enquirer reported that the likes of McAlpine, O'Rourke and BAM are also expected to be in the running for the contract. Plans have already been drawn up by Architect Populous which released images of a new 56,000-seater stadium.

Tottenham have been looking to relocate from or expand White Hart Lane from its current confines which only accommodates 36,240. This figure puts the ground behind the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea and even Everton, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle United. The club is aiming to compete with the top clubs in terms of matchday revenue and by moving to a ground with an increased capacity has been highlighted as the ideal option.

McLaren has already secured a construction contract in north London after being awarded a project to create a new 130,000 sq ft Sainsbury's supermarket near to the proposed site of the new stadium. The company already has a connection with Spurs after it was responsible for successfully delivering the club's state-of-the-art Training Centre in Enfield at a cost of £45 million.

A source at one major stadium builder told the news provider that the company has "strong links" with Tottenham but it would represent a major challenge due to the sheer scale of the project. They went on to say that the joint venture between McLaren and FCC could be a real "surprise package" in the development process.

Tottenham were in the running to take over the Olympic Stadium in Stratford following the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games but lost out. The contract was eventually awarded to West Ham United who will be converting the stadium for football use in the coming years.

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Date: 18/09/2013 16:19:00

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