Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides has been selected for the contract to build the 2022 World Cup stadium at Education City.

The stadium will have a capacity of about 45,000 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. It will be used to host Fifa World Cup 2022 matches up to the quarter-final stage.

The associated health and wellness centre will include medical clinics, gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts, football pitches, restaurants and cafes.

The development will target a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (Leed) Gold Sustainability Building Certification by featuring innovative cooling systems and photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal panels to provide electricity and hot water. After the tournament, the stadium will be reduced to a capacity of 25,000 and its grass pitch replaced with an artificial one for future use.

RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects is the design consultant and Astad Project Management is the project manager.

Qatar Foundation is developing the stadium.

Contractors are preparing to bid in August for the World Cup football stadium at Lusail. The 80,000-seat stadium will be used for the final match of the 2022 football tournament. The tender documents say the maximum price for the tender is QR2.8bn ($769m). Construction work is scheduled to start in December.

Earlier in June, a joint venture of India’s Larsen & Toubro and the local Al-Balagh Trading & Contracting was awarded a deal to build the Al-Rayyan World Cup stadium in Qatar.

The 45,000-seat stadium will host group matches during the World Cup. The concept design was prepared by Germany’s Albert Speer & Partner (AS&P). The consultant is Denmark’s Ramboll and US-based Aecom is the project manager.