Marseille Vélodrome Football Stadium

CONTRACTDesign, construction, maintenance
FINANCINGPublic Private Partnership (PPP)
67,000 people
capacity stadium

The upgrade of Marseilles’ iconic stadium is being carried out while the building remains open to the public.

Bouygues Construction subsidiaries, GFC Construction and Exprimm (facilities management), are members of the SPV Arema consortium carrying out the reconfiguration of the Vélodrome football stadium in Marseilles and the surrounding precinct under a public-private partnership.

The stadium will be entirely modernised and upgraded to comply with international standards, specifically with a view to Euro 2016. The configuration of the stadium will be raised to UEFA elite category. Total spectator capacity will be increased from the current level of 60,000 to 67,000, including 6,000 VIP seats.

When the renovation is complete, the stadium will generate more energy than it consumes, through the installation of photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, and the recovery of heat from a neighbouring water treatment plant.

The partnership contract also includes the reconstruction of the adjoining rugby stadium, with the addition of a 5,000-seat covered stand and the development of a 100,000 m2 eco-neighbourhood, which will comprise offices, a shopping centre, two hotels, a health centre, serviced apartments and housing.

Arema is also responsible for operating the Vélodrome Stadium for 35 years.