© 2011IntroductionThe new Wembley Stadium is a complete facelift of the original one of 1923. It is located at Wembley Park in the Borough of Brent, London, England. It has been hosting the English national football and a host of other international events since 1923. The 1923 Stadium was demolished early 2003 to pave way for the new-look Wembley Stadium which became officially operational in 2007. Although the new Wembley Stadium is a state of the art building, it is estimated to have consumed a fortune. As reported by Belson (2010), the redevelopment of the Stadium is estimated to have cost some £798 million to date; making it one of the most expensive stadiums ever built in the world.
It is classified as the second largest stadium in Europe and boasts of being a UEFA category four stadium according to reports by Belson (2010). Because of its more than 90,000-seat capacity, the Stadium has been made the home venue of the England national football team and the perennial host for the FA Cup competitions (Winter 2007). In spite of this, the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium has been considered a disaster by many observers.
It is for this reason that this paper attempts to assess whether the said redevelopment has indeed been a fiasco. Management and organisation of the projectAccessed information shows that Wembley Stadium is the property of Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL), a subsidiary of The Football Association which governs the English football (Matthews 2006). The redevelopment of Wembley Stadium was therefore mooted and initiated by its co-owners, Wembley National Stadium Ltd and the Football Association in 2000. Philip (2003) observes that a number of organisations and companies took part in one way or the other in the redevelopment scheme.
Architects Foster and Partners assisted by HOK Sport for instance were very crucial in the designing and construction phase. In addition, Philip (2003) reports that Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners was appointed planning consultants at the initial stages of the project to assist WNSL in preparing the scheme for a new Stadium. Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners further assisted in obtaining planning and listed building permission for the proposed project (Philip 2003). In addition to the foregoing, the Australian company Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd was appointed the General Contractor of the project but further subcontracted the construction work to specific Subcontractors.
Subcontractors Cleveland Bridge was for instance the main steel contractor but was later replaced by Dutch firm Hollandia after falling out with Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd as highlighted by Jacobs and Lipscombe (2005). PC Harrington Contractors on the other hand were subcontracted to handle the carpentry work while Honeywell Network Services was the main IT services and controls contractor as noted by Philip (2003).
In addition to these, Desso GrassMaster was subcontracted to handle the Stadium’s surface in laying the turf (Matthews 2006). From the outset, Mott MacDonald was appointed both the Structural and Services engineer to the project. Several stakeholders including Sport England; WNSL; the Football Association; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and the London Development Agency funded the project of redeveloping Wembley Stadium into what it is today: “an iconic international stadium with the largest roof-covered seating capacity in the world” (Belson 2010).