The Saudi General Sport Authority (GSA) has commissioned Schiattarella Associati, an Italy-based leading architectural firm, out of five competing firms, for the modification of King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, according to the firm’s press release sent today.

Our proposal starts from the idea of solving the new fun­ctional requirements introducing shapes and volumes that not only are combined/integrated into the existing architec­ture, but enhance the value of the Stadium itself,” states Schiattarella Associati’s press release.

They have prioritized the intervention of building cove­red parking places servicing VIP spectators.

The design process involves around 20 architects and engineers from Schiattarella Associati’s office in the Italian capital. “But if we consider the MEP Consultants engineers in Verona (Manens-Tifs) and our Structural Consultant engineers in Rome (Proge 77), there are almost 50 architects-engineers-designers currently working on this project,” Novella D’Incecco, the account director at Weber Shandwick, the firm’s PR agency, told Invest-Gate.

Schiattarella Associati has been working on projects in the Kingdom since 2011. “We have designed several important buildings in the Gulf Area, among them the Addirriyah Art Center in Addirriyah and the QUAM in Qatar. Recently we have been invited, together with other five international consultants, by GSA to submit our proposal for King Fahd Stadium. Our proposal has been selected by GSA and they awarded us the design,” D’Incecco said.

“The design stage is expected to be finished within few months, then there will be the tender for construction,” she added.