“The main challenge was planning the execution timings that Barça requested”

Since the FC Barcelona bidding a limak works for the construction of the new Spotify Camp Nou, the Turkish company is prepared to start a time trial that must begin at the end of the season and that will culminate in its first round in November 2024 with the new stadium prepared for the return of the matches even if it is not with all the available capacity. Limak CEO, Haldun Firat Kokturkan expert in megaprojects and personally in charge of managing the new Camp Nou project from the office that the construction company has opened in Barcelona, ​​explains to MD the keys and challenges of this project that he sees as the gateway for Limak to Europa Occidental y Latin America.

Köktürk highlights his company’s challenge: “It is our debut in the Western European market and it could represent a great competitive advantage for Limak with regard to upcoming projects in the region. In addition, it is one of the most important and iconic stadiums As the project is located in Spain, it is also a great factor in favor of future expansion in the Latin American market.”

“It is one of the most important and iconic stadiums in the world”

Köktürk explains that, also in line with Barça’s idea, “the development of this project is also in line with our sustainability policy, since we will have solar panels on the stadium roof. In fact, we have already built the largest LEED-certified building for Istanbul Airport, one of the largest in the world, with an annual capacity of 90 million passengers.”

Köktürk, Director General de Limak, enseña el Camp Nou a Nihat Özdemir


And he adds about the adaptation to the Barça coliseum after having done other works: “On the other hand, in Limak we have built emblematic projects such as airports, bridges and dams, and we are delighted to add one of the most significant sports facilities projects to our portfolio. the world, the Spotify Camp Nou”, says the CEO of Limak, who considers that “the main challenge during the preparation of our offer was to develop the correct methodology to carry out the project with the timings that FC Barcelona requested in the specifications tender, but with the integration of the different teams and international partners in our team, we managed to satisfactorily solve this challenge”.

“The main challenge during the preparation of our offer was to develop the correct methodology to execute the project with the timings that FC Barcelona requested”

Another of the reasons that Köktürk points out as key to his project is that of the cost efficiency. “We have a great human team with extensive international experience and great technical capabilities (engineers, equipment, cement, structures and cranes…). All this allows us to avoid large rental costs and gives us significant purchasing power around the world, which makes us a strong player in the sector”, he details.

How to avoid inflation

At a time of financial uncertainties and inflation, Köktürk explains that “our economic offer is based on, first of all, direct costs, which are practically the same for most companies in the sector, since the suppliers are almost identical for all competitors Secondly we have the costs for risks such as inflation, which represent a significant part of the total price offered.In this sense, we have a great experience in managing projects in an inflation context because in Turkey we already have a We have a long history dealing with this type of situation. To avoid this type of contingency, we carry out meticulous studies for the project and agree with the suppliers of raw materials and other products on closed prices by contract. This is a method mostly used in construction projects. large scale, where the amounts of materials are enormous and we must ensure that there are no surprises in the cost end of the project”, he reasons.

We have extensive experience in managing projects in a context of inflation because in Turkey we have already had a long history of dealing with this type of situation.

Köktürk insists that for Limak “the new Spotify Camp Nou is a strategic project with which it wants to enter the Spanish and European market, so the margin applied to the cost has also been exhaustively studied and is surely not as high as than expected by other companies.

Rendering of the new Spotify Camp Nou

Efficiency in execution times

Finally, another no lesser factor that they consider decisive in limak for the project of the new Spotify Camp Nou is the efficiency in execution times. “Our experience in megaprojects and our technical capabilities allow us to shorten the project time and offer quick solutions for these works. In addition, limak is a family-owned company and shareholders have a very dynamic role, so we can say that we are a company that makes decisions quickly to facilitate the day-to-day of the project and make project management as easy as possible”, he assures Körtürk.

“In addition to this, we have a reputation in the market for completing projects on time and without cost overruns. For example, we completed the project for the Canakkale Bridge, (the longest suspension bridge in the world that has the longest distance between two towers with more than 2 kilometers) in 18 months, before the scheduled date. All this taking into account that the works were carried out during the pandemic, which affected us in Turkey, like the rest of the world, and we saw how the global supply chain was completely broken and affected many businesses that had to close,” he says. Kokturk.

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