New contract unveiled

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An all–Brazilian consortium has just been appointed for the overhaul and future management of one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup's key facilities, the Mineiráo stadium in Belo Horizonte.

The tender winner of the third, final and most significant stage of the refurbishment works, currently budgeted at R654. 4m, is the three–part consortium consisting of Sao Paulo–based Construcap Industry & Commerce and Belo Horizonte's Egesa Engineering and Hap Engineering. Beyond the remainder of the renovation project, the new entity is also responsible for management of the facility, under a shared model incorporating certain inputs from both the state and the city's three main football clubs, for a 27 year period. The current lack of an international partner bringing proven technology and experience to the project throws open the possibility of future such partnerships as the more complex aspects of works unfold. Meanwhile, the imminent launch of the competition for the design of two high profile 2016 Olympic facilities as part of Rio de Janeiro's port redevelopment (Porto Maravilha), particularly given the projects are required to meet International Olympic Committee standards, giving groups with previous Olympics experience a distinct advantage. The competition, organised by the Brazilian Architect's Institute, the Rio city council and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, will be launched on Tuesday 2 November and offers two R37. 5 thousand prizes plus runners–up awards for the re–design of a council asphalt plant as well as buildings in the area surrounding the plant. Although the facilities will be used for a range of requirements during the 2016 Olympics, a key aspect of the proposals should be how they will be utilised post 2016, be they residential conversions, convention facilities, hotels or the like. Sustainable design principles such as re–use of water and energy saving technology are also required. The proposals must be submitted by 18 January 2011 and although international groups are able to participate, a Brazilian architect must lead the submission. A strong candidate for the opening match, particularly given Sao Paulo's ongoing troubles and increasingly tight time frame, Mineirão is considered one of Brazil's most famous and historically significant stadia, having also hosted matches during the 1950 World Cup. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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