Qatar awards contract for World Cup stadium


Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has announced the signing of a contract for Lusail Stadium construction. The football venue will be built by a joint-venture of HBK Contracting (Qatar) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC, China). British architectural firm Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the 80,000-seater stadium earlier this year. The venue, located in Lusail City, 20km north of Qatar’s capital Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in a little over six years’ time, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

The cost of the contract was not revealed. But Ii was previously announced that only offers below QR2.8 billion ($800 million) would be considered. According to the Chinese media, the agreed amount is $767 million.

“We are delighted to award the main contract for Lusail Stadium to HBK and CRCC as a joint venture. The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone and comes at a significant time as Qatar and the SC have just passed the six years to go anniversary and reach the half-way point in our 2022 FIFA World Cup journey. Lusail Stadium will be the centrepiece of our tournament in 2022, and post-tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase. We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world next year,” said SC Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi.

Theatre district

Lusail Stadium and its surrounding precinct will offer a variety of legacy uses to the inhabitants of Lusail City and the greater community after the event, in partnership with Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Qatari Diar and private sector developers.

The stadium is located on a one square kilometre precinct plot along the Al Khor Expressway in the western edge of Lusail City, with the south facing the Commercial Boulevard of Lusail City. The long-term development plans for the precinct include various unique developments such as a theatre district that will be the Middle East’s first of its kind.

Lusail Stadium site construction began in 2014, with TIME Qatar as the project managers. Most recently early works and site office construction projects were completed by Galfar Al Misnad, with levelling and grading works and site and access roads completed by local contractor Marbu Contracting.

Lusail City’s 19 districts will encompass residential, commercial, hospitality and retail opportunities. It was described by Qatari Diar as ‘a self-contained and comprehensively-planned city signifying Qatar’s progress on a grand scale.’

Light rail network

The city of the future boasts a light rail network, a water taxi transport system and a cycle and pedestrian network. Thirty percent of the land area will be dedicated to green and open spaces to create a relaxed atmosphere, integrated with lively components of the city.

On being awarded the contract as the lead partners of the JV, President of HBK Contracting Co. W.L.L., Sheikh Ali bin Hamad K. Al-Thani, said, “We are extremely thankful that the SC has entrusted us with the responsibility of constructing such an iconic stadium development. Being a Qatari company, we are also proud to be part of such an historic national project and will endeavor to do all that we can to ensure we deliver Lusail Stadium with our partners at CRCC to the highest possible standard and in line with the agreed deadlines.”

The SC also announced  a district cooling supply agreement with Marafeq which will provide up to 30,000 tons of refrigeration to serve the stadium before and during the tournament. All eight stadiums currently under-construction across Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will feature innovative cooling technology.

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