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Spurs stadium shortlist narrows to three as Brookfield Multiplex looks to put Wembley woes in the past

Brookfield Multiplex is in the running for its first major UK stadium since rebuilding Wembley after it became one of three firms shortlisted for the new £400m Tottenham Hotspur stadium, Construction News can reveal.

Sources told Construction News that Brookfield Multiplex, Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine are the final three bidders for the project.

It is understood other contractors that had been discussing the job with Spurs, including Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke, chose not to put forward bids.

The project is being procured under a two-stage tender with a preferred bidder expected to be confirmed next month.

The bid for the Spurs ground marks Brookfield Multiplex’s first venture into major UK stadium construction since, as Multiplex, it rebuilt Wembley.

Multiplex started work on Wembley in 2002; its iconic 315 m-long arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world.

However Wembley was beset by delays, eventually over-running by a year and more than £300m.

It was twice the subject of court actions - between Multiplex and Cleveland Bridge, and Multiplex and Mott MacDonald.

Multiplex was bought by Brookfield Asset Management in 2007.

According to its 2015 corporate profile, Brookfield Multiplex has worked on 14 stadium projects worldwide, worth around US$3bn (£1.94bn), including the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct, on which it won the contract last year.

Sources said Sir Robert McAlpine was the outsider for the Spurs stadium project.

This would mean Brookfield Multiplex and Mace going head-to-head for another project, after Construction News last week revealed Brookfield had won the £350m European headquarters for Goldman Sachs.

Mace is currently project managing the conversion of the Olympic Stadium, built by Sir Robert McAlpine which also built Spurs’ north London rival Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.

Tottenham’s proposed Northumberland Park development has an estimated value in excess of £400m and will include a 61,000-seater stadium, which is also expected to host NFL games.

Sir Robert McAlpine has been contacted for comment. Tottenham Hotspur, Brookfield Multiplex and Mace all declined to comment.

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