Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers have awarded the main contract for the 80,000-seater Lusail stadium, which will host the opening and final matches of the football tournament.
A joint venture between Qatari contractor HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) has won the contract.
Site construction on the venue, located in Lusail City – 20km north of Doha, began in 2014, with TIME Qatar as the project manager.
Early works and site office construction projects were completed by Galfar Al Misnad, with levelling and grading works and site and access roads finished by local contractor Marbu Contracting.
British architectural firm Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the stadium earlier this year.
By the end of 2016, the main-works contractor will be mobilized on site.
The venue is scheduled for completion by 2020.
“The awarding of this contract comes at a significant time as Qatar and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) have just passed the six years to go anniversary and reached the half-way point in our 2022 FIFA World Cup journey,” said SC secretary general, Hassan Al Thawadi.
“Lusail stadium will be the center-piece of our tournament in 2022, and post tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase.”
The stadium’s design and its legacy concept will be revealed in 2017, he confirmed.
Located on a 1 sqkm precinct plot along the Al Khor Expressway in the western edge of Lusail City, the stadium has been designed to integrate it with the neighboring master-plan.
“For Lusail stadium we are building a venue which will become an internationally-recognizable landmark, which has a special significance for us all,” said Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, SC project director at Lusail stadium.
Long-term development plans for the precinct include a Theatre District – that will be the first of its kind in Middle East, a statement said.
The SC also announced that it has awarded Marafeq with the district cooling supply agreement for the stadium.
Marafeq will provide up to 30,000 tons of refrigeration to serve the stadium before and during the tournament.
Marafeq Qatar CEO, Ahmed Al Ammari, said: “Our legacy cooling technology will be optimized for this venue in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner and we will be able to produce up to 30,000 refrigerated tons without any energy wasted to cool the stadium and precinct.”
All the eight stadiums currently under construction across Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will feature cooling technology.
Earlier this year, main works were awarded for the Al Rayyan stadium and the Qatar Foundation stadium, which joined Khalifa International stadium, Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor City and Al Wakrah stadium in the construction main works stage.
All the contracts incorporate the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards and a four-tier auditing system “guarantees international best practice”, the statement added.