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Volume 10 No. 24


There are now "four candidates in the running for the Santiago Bernabéu" remodeling project, according to Carpio & Calderón of MARCA. German architectural firm GMP and Spanish company L35 have teamed up to compete in the bid against three other alliances. The other teams bidding for the project are: Estudio Lamela-Populous, Moneo-Herzog & De Meuron and Foster-Rafael de la Hoz. In the past, the Hamburg-based architectural firm has made its mark on important int'l projects, "many of which have been sports related." They designed the Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), Cape Town and Moses Mabhida (Durban) stadiums for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. For Euro 2012, they designed the Kiev Olympic Stadium that hosted the final of the tournament. More teams could form "as the period for presentation of projects ends on Sept. 14." Until then, Real Madrid is "open to ideas and proposals" (MARCA, 8/7).

Project management firm IGRM has handed over the completed Laguna Lang Co golf course in Vietnam to the developers "to prepare for opening," according to GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE. The course was designed by Nick Faldo's practice and has been in developmental stages for several years. IGRM oversaw the development of the course, practice facilities and all golf-related infrastructure, as well as advising on maintenance facilities, equipment and grass procurement. The course is located on a 280-acre beachfront site within an hour’s drive of Da Nang and Phu Bai int'l airports. In addition to the golf course, the plan is for Laguna Hue to "eventually boast seven hotels, a spa, resort residences and a town centre with retail and recreational facilities." IGRM will continue to work on its other existing projects, including the soon-to-be-opened Harrow Park Golf Club in Abuja, Nigeria the Villafranca Golf Resort in northern Tuscany, and the Rio de Janeiro Int'l Resort in Brazil (GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE, 8/7).

TEEING IT UP: GOLF COURSE REPORT WORLD EDITION noted real estate developer Manghi Czech, an affiliate of a family-owned Italian construction company, is working on a 350-acre golf community in Statenice, a northwestern suburb of Prague. The company has dubbed the community Aura "the garden of Prague." Manghi Czech Dir of Business Development Danilo Manghi told the Prague Post, "We want to provide a new lifestyle to the Czech market." Aura will offer single-family houses, villas and apartments, along with a community center, a shopping area, restaurants, two schools, an outdoor theater, parks and a variety of recreational attractions. The community will be be anchored by an 18-hole, championship-length golf course and a golf practice center, both of which will be operated by the Hertfordshire, England office of Palmerston Golf. Manghi Czech has not announced a designer for Aura's course, but Palmerston tapped Nick Faldo for its course in Cyprus and for one of the two it aims to build in Cuba (GOLF COURSE REPORT WORLD EDITION, 8/7).