Contract awarded for Qatar stadium

WCN Editorial Team 1 Dec 2016 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

A joint venture (JV) comprising HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction (CRCC) has been appointed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) as the main contractor for a stadium project in Lusail City, Qatar.

The project, designed by British architectural firm Foster + Partners, will involve the construction of an 80,000-seater stadium on a 1M sq m precinct plot along the Al Khor Expressway.

Upon completion, the venue will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

SC technical delivery office chairman Hilal Al-Kuwari said: “We’re very excited that we have been able to bring together such a strong and dynamic construction JV with renowned Qatari contractor, HBK Contracting, and one of China’s biggest and best, CRCC.

“The appointment of a local company in this JV 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.”

SC has also awarded the district cooling supply agreement to Marafeq. The firm will deliver up to 30,000t of refrigeration for the new facility before and during the tournaments.

Site construction work on the Lusail stadium has commenced in 2014, with TIME Qatar serving as the project manager.

Early works and site office construction projects have already been completed by Galfar Al Misnad, while levelling and grading works, and site and access roads have been concluded by local contractor Marbu Contracting.

The main–works contractor will start on site at the end of 2016, with the final stadium design expected to be unveiled in early 2017.

The stadium is expected to be complete by 2020.

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