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seamlessly into place, as Alan Swaby learns time Murray & Roberts / WBHO: Green Point Stadium D uring the week of writing this, the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, venue for one of the World Cup semi- finals, was being handed over to its new owners a good two months earlier than required by the original FIFA schedule. There's still a bit of titivating needing to be done on some of the boxes and a few of the approach roads outside the stadium; but the grass is down, the seats are in place and everything is ready for the teams to run onto the pitch. The achievement is all the more remarkable under the circumstances. Last- minute value engineering changes delayed the award date by three months. " This had a knock-on effect," says design manager Liam Walsh, " and meant we were digging holes in the winter when the weather in Cape Town is very wet. Then FIFA asked us to complete two months earlier, which we did, meaning that the whole building process has been accelerated considerably." The construction work in question has been the responsibility of a 50/ 50 joint venture between Murray & Roberts and WBHO, two of the big names in South African construction. Even with a price tag of circa R3.6 billion, it's not outside the scope of either company to have handled it individually; but with the World Cup creating an absolute January 10 www. bus- ex. com 31