Arup Signs Deal for Turkmenistan Olympic Complex
Wednesday 13 February 2013
The second phase of the Central Asian project will add sports and social buildings across a total of 75 hectares.
- The Olympic village is expected to have a significant position in the world sports community and the Central Asian sports community.
Arup has signed a contract to develop phase two of the Ashgabat Olympic Complex (AOC) in Turkmenistan’s capital, according to the web site of the engeeniring firm.
Turkmenistan is creating a series of sporting arenas ton international sports federation standards in a bid to attract athletes from around the world. Ashgabat is not on the current Olympics candidate lists, but is hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017.
The second phase of the AOC will add an aquatics centre, indoor athletics arena and a tennis centre to the development, which includes 750,000 m² of sports and social buildings. Other venues include a velodrome, arenas, training halls, hotels, offices, a medical centre and media facilities.
The new complex developed by Arup and built to international sports federation standards is designed to focus the country on sporting achievement and the hosting of international games.
Contributors from about 20 Arup offices and external sub-consultants will work on the provision of architectural, structural, MEP and infrastructure engineering, and also fit-out design and equipment.
Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a multidisciplinary organisation. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has attracted attentions.
The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) will be held in Ashgabat in 2017. This will be the first OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) Games to be held in the Central Asian country. The host city contract signing ceremony took place in Kuwait on December 19, 2010. The 5th AIMAG will take place in the Olympic Village, a multi-purpose sports facility which is being constructed in the capital. The complex will feature 30 venues, and the first phase of construction is estimated at US $2 bln.
The new complex developed by Arup and built to international sports federation standards, will provide a new focus for the country’s youth, sporting achievement, and the hosting of international mega games. Arup is providing architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, public health engineering and infrastructure design, including furniture, furnishings and equipment.