HBK wins contract for Ras Abu Aboud World Cup Stadium in Qatar

WCN Editorial Team 31 May 2018 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Qatar-based HBK Contracting Company (HBK) has won a contract from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for executing the main works for Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.

With this contract, HBK becomes the first Qatari company to be appointed as the main contractor for a 2022 FIFA World Cup project.

In a release, SC said that the 40,000-seat venue will be built using modular building blocks, making it the first fully demountable FIFA World Cup stadium in history.

The stadium, located in a 450,000m² waterfront site, will offer exceptional views over Doha’s skyline and will host matches up to the quarter-finals in 2022.

Construction on Ras Abu Aboud Stadium began in 2017 with Time Qatar as the project manager, and site clearance and demolition, as well as establishment of site facilities, were completed recently.

Main works at the venue, located close to the Hamad International Airport and in the centre of the urban development of Qatar’s capital Doha, are scheduled for completion by 2020. The stadium design was launched in 2017.

SC technical delivery office chairman Hilal Al Kuwari said: “I’m delighted to see a Qatari company taking the lead on this project and happy that main works are already underway.

“The appointment of a local company to deliver this innovative, world-first stadium is in line with our commitment to contribute to Qatar’s economic legacy after the tournament.”

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, which will be constructed using shipping containers, will be dismantled and repurposed after the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The parts will be used in other sporting or non-sporting projects, setting a new standard in sustainability.

HBK president Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad K Al Thani said: “We’d like to thank the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for reinforcing its trust in HBK by awarding this project to us.

“The innovative and state-of-the-art nature of this demountable stadium design will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, and we look forward to working closely with the SC and other entities.”

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