Skat­ing oval opens to bids

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHUAN TI

Bei­jing is invit­ing bids for con­struc­tion of the Na­tional Speed Skat­ing Oval, a new venue for the 2022 Win­ter Olympic Games, af­ter its de­sign was un­veiled in late April.

As the first pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship project for the Bei­jing Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee for the 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games, its con­struc­tion is set to be com­pleted in 2019.

Pri­vate part­ners that win the bid will build and op­er­ate the 12,000-seat venue for 30 years, which is de­signed to cover 80,000 square me­ters at the Olympic Park in Bei­jing and in­volve some 1.18 bil­lion yuan ($174.7 mil­lion) in­vest­ment.

The part­ner­ship will help to share costs and im­prove sus­tain­abil­ity, said of­fi­cials at the Bei­jing Ma­jor Projects Con­struc­tion Head­quar­ters Of­fice.

Like its neigh­bor­ing fa­cil­i­ties — such as the Na­tional Aquat­ics Cen­ter, more com­monly known as the Wa­ter Cube, and the Na­tional Sta­dium, dubbed the Bird’s Nest — the new venue will also be open to pub­lic for other sports events in the post-Olympic era, they said.

HAN HAIDAN / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

A model of the Na­tional Speed Skat­ing Oval is dis­played at an ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter in Bei­jing in April.

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