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Barcelona's stunning new stadium

Consultant Ramboll Whitbybird will lead the structural engineering for an ambitious revamp of FC Barcelona's world-famous Nou Camp stadium, which will see capacity boosted from its current 98,000 to 106,000.

The design team, led by architect Foster and Partners, has a project budget of around £175M and intends to retain the essential elements of the original 1957 stadium. However, the design will feature a dramatic new façade with multicoloured tiles, fixed to a diagrid cable net tensioned between the roof level and ground to provide a rain screen.

A new cable net roof will also be added to cover seating on all sides and will be erected progressively while the stadium remains in use. A final design will be produced within the next year, but no date for construction has been set. The project comes just two months after Ramboll Whitbybird was announced as engineer on the new stadium for Liverpool Football Club.

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