Qatar-China JV to build Foster-designed World Cup stadium
A joint venture of Qatari contractor HBK Contracting and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) has been announced as main contractor for the stadium that will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the 80,000-seater stadium earlier this year. The venue is located in Lusail City, 20km north of Qatar’s capital Doha, and is scheduled for completion by 2020.
The decision on the contractor was made by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC),” said SC secretary general, Hassan Al Thawadi. “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 centre-piece 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.
The legacy concept for the stadium will be presented along with the Lusail Stadium design in 2017.
Hilal Al-Kuwari, technical delivery office chairman at the SC, said: “We’re very excited that we have been able to bring together such a strong and dynamic construction joint venture with renowned Qatari contractor, HBK Contracting, and one of China’s biggest and best, CRCC. The appointment of a local company in this joint venture is also significant and demonstrates our commitment of contributing to the economic legacy for Qatar post 2022. Lusail is such an important project for the SC and Qatar and we look forward to working with both organisations as we head towards kick-off in under six years’ time.”
Lusail stadium site construction began in 2014, with Time Qatar as the project manager. 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 carried out by local contractor Marbu Contracting.
The main-works contractor will be mobilised on site by the end of this year and the final stadium design will be unveiled in early 2017.
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This article was published on 29 Nov 2016 (last updated on 29 Nov 2016).