Vinci poised for French stadium project

Vinci Concessions, the concessions arm of the French developer, has been named preferred bidder for a design, finance, build, operate and maintain contract for a new stadium in the northern French city of Dunkirk.

Vinci Concessions has been named preferred bidder for a contract for the design, financing, building, operation and maintenance of the Arena de Dunkerque stadium in the northern French coastal city of Dunkirk.

The contract spans 332 months (almost 28 years) and involves a total investment of €112 million. It is being awarded by the Communaute Urbaine de Dunkerque, Dunkirk’s urban community.

Design and construction of the stadium is expected to take 36 months and will be carried out by Vinci Construction France through its subsidiaries ADIM Nord Picardie, SOGEA CARONI and DUMEZ EPS in association with local small and medium-sized enterprises.

The commercial operation of the stadium, including facilities management and sporting fixture and event programming, will be undertaken by Vinci Concessions, while upkeep and maintenance will be overseen by Vinci Facilities.

The stadium, which will have a seating capacity of 10,000, will be used by handball club USDK and basketball club BCM Gravelines-Dunkerques. A statement said that, in addition to being “a symbol of sporting prowess”, the stadium would also be an “entertainment and cultural venue” for the city of Dunkirk and the surrounding region.

In October 2010, a Vinci Concessions-led consortium was awarded a 30-year contract to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain a new 35,000-capacity sports stadium in Nice. Then, in November last year, it won another 30-year contract alongside French construction firm Fayat to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the new 40,000-seat Bordeaux stadium.