‘The Reds’ home in Belgium to get a facelift

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Standard Liege update June 2020 Image: Standard de Liège & Assar Architects

Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Belgium) rehabilitation work is all set to begin this month with construction companies of Belgium – BAM Galère and CIT Blaton – having been selected to deliver the redevelopment work.

The Stade Maurice Dufrasne is a football stadium in Liège, Belgium. The stadium holds 27,670 people. It is also known as Stade de Sclessin, from the name of the district of Liège where it is located, and is the home stadium of Standard Liège. The facility opened in 1909.

Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège, is a Belgian professional football club based in the City of Liège. They are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, having won the Belgian league on 10 occasions, most recently in 2007-08 and 2008-09. It is a Belgian First Division A football club – the top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium.

Media reports stated the two firms have been chosen following a tender process in which Moury Construct and Eloy-Duchêne were also in contention.

The City of Liège gave the go-ahead to the development in May 2020 as part of a multiphase plan that is expected to take four years to complete.

Assar Architects’ vision for the stadium will see the capacity expanded to 35,000, with the addition of an esplanade to enhance access. Fans currently gather on a public road surrounding the facility before and after games and the esplanade will solve this issue.

The redevelopment also intends to transform the stadium into a multipurpose venue. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Liège Verviers Namur has requested that Standard build 6,000 m² of office space, which will also incorporate an array of other offerings.

These include commercial space, a fan shop, creche, playground, a “laser game” area, wellness and health center and a new club museum.

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