British architect one of two finalists for revamp of Ukraine’s largest stadium

Foster + Partners is one of two shortlisted practices to design crucial renovations to the stadium that will host the Euro 2012 championship final in Ukraine.

Norman Foster

The British architect will go head to head with German practice GMP to perform emergency renovations to the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, allowing it to host the final of the Euro 2012 championships.

Ukraine, which is co-hosting the championships with Poland, has been criticised for the slowness of its preparations for the football tournament, with some media commentators speculating UEFA may consider taking it away from them and asking another country to host it. UEFA has denied this.

Yuri Pavlenko, the Ukrainian sports minister, made a media announcement that Foster and GMP were willing to continue with talks on how to renovate the stadium. GMP is already signed up to renovate a stadium in Poland.

Ukraine’s sports ministry broke off talks with the scheme’s original architect, the Taiwanese firm Archasia Design Group, over legal difficulties.