New Zenit-Arena tender announced

The St. Petersburg authorities have announced a new tender for the completion of the Zenit-Arena football stadium built for the 2018 World Football Championship on Krestovsky Island in the centre of the city. The contract involves an amendment to the planning documentation and the completion of the construction work. Applications can be filed until 22 October, and the tender will take place on 1 November.

As PMR reported on a previous occasion, the contract with the previous general contractor – Inzhtransstroy, part of the Transstroy Group, controlled by the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska – was terminated at the end of September by mutual agreement between the company and the local authorities. Transstroy intends to participate in the new tender, as it has all of the required resources to implement the contract. According to Marat Oganesyan the city’s deputy governor, the necessity to amend the planning documentation is based on new FIFA requirements for football stadiums. However, Mr Oganesyan believes that the changes are not likely to result in an increase in the construction cost, and that there might even be a reduction.

The cost of the construction of Zenit has risen from RUB 7bn (€160m) to RUB 35bn (€801m) over several years. Transstroy has carried out work worth RUB 8bn (€183m). The previous general contractor – Avant – which worked on the construction project since its launch in 2006 – spent RUB 4bn (€92m). RUB 10bn (€229m) more will be used for interior work, lighting and high-tech equipment. This will be the subject of a separate contract, the tender for which will take place in the summer of 2014.

Inzhtranssroy is likely to win the new contract, as virtually no other companies in the city are able to implement such a project. The only possible alternative is Metrostroy, which is considering participating in the tender.