The new circus will be larger than the old one. Avag Hovhannisyan, chief engineer of the group doing the old building's demolition and construction work, told A1+ that the height of the building will change and new seats will be added. It is also planned to build an underground parking area.
Mr. Hovhannisyan noted that the building's exterior will also change, but "the changes will be so minor that a person who has been absent from the country for ten years will not notice that it is a newly-built construction, he will only say that it has undergone repairs".
The decision to demolish the current circus was made 2-3 weeks ago. According to the chief engineer, the reason for such a hasty decision was its poor condition. "The concrete was in a terrible state, metal structures were rusty". Mr. Hovhannisyan ruled out the version that the collapse of the circus top negatively affected the general condition of the circus.
Construction of the new circus is scheduled to end in late 2014.