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Brazil hunts for stadium experts

UK CONSTRUCTION companies are being targeted to improve Brazil's chances of securing the 2010 World Cup finals.

The total estimated value of projects at planning or approval stage is more than £1 billion and the Brazilian sporting authorities are anxious to woo companies that can build and operate a range of stadiums and associated facilities.

Official broker JHX International - working with UK partner Hull-based TEAMS (Technical Export and Marketing Services) - is already in the UK looking for interest.

Projects include the construction of an 80,000 all-seater stadium in Rio de Janeiro; a £29.8 million development in Sao Paulo to include a 35,000 all-seater stadium, a training school and accommodation for children; a 25,000-seat stadium in the Amazon region; and a 40,000 all-seat stadium with training facilities to adjoin a new swimming pool, basketball and volleyball hall and medical centre.

Also included are second phases of partly completed developments to boost crowd capacity.

JHX International president Joe Holmes said these represent just a limited selection of the opportunities on offer.

'Some of the projects have finance secured and others are calling for investment with enormous returns,' he said.

'The ideal scenario would be to find constructor-investor/operators that could cash in on gate receipts and marketing, particularly with the World Cup in mind.'

Mr Holmes returns to Brazil on May 25 and would like to take with him the names of interested parties. JHX and TEAMS can be contacted on 01482 609090.