• Contractors submitted bids for Wakrah stadium construction on 24 May
  • Stadium will have capacity to seat 45,000 football fans
  • The local HBK Contracting was awarded the enabling works in 2014

Construction companies submitted bids on 24 May for the contact to build Al-Wakrah stadium in Qatar.

The stadium will have the capacity to seat 45,000 people during football’s Fifa World Cup 2022. The original plans for the stadium involve the top tiers of the structure being modular and, following the tournament, the capacity of the stadium being reduced to 20,000 people, with 25,000 seats removed. The plan is for these seats to be donated and reconstructed in developing countries.

In May 2014, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has awarded local HBK Contracting Company the enabling works contract. That contract involved bulk earthworks including site clearance, excavation and disposal, fill, as well as underground services and stadium foundations.

In May 2013, Aecom was appointed design consultant and the local office of Kuwait-based KEO Consultants as project manager for the Al-Wakrah stadium project.

Other stadiums in Qatar are also progressing. Contractors submitted their best and final offers for Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor on 12 April. That project is divided into three main construction packages. The largest involves building a 60,000-seat stadium for the football tournament. The others include the construction of a retail precinct and a utilities centre. Completion of the scheme is expected in 2018.

Like Al-Wakrah, Al-Bayt Stadium will be modular and once the World Cup is over, the upper tiers will be removed, leaving 32,000 seats. The design of the stadium and its name come from Bayt al-Shaar, which is a black and white tent traditionally used by the Qatari people.

Construction companies have also submitted expressions of interest to Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for the contract to build the Al-Rayyan stadium in the country.

The stadium will seat about 40,000 people during the football World Cup in 2022. Following the tournament, the stadium’s modular top tier will be disassembled and used to build football facilities in developing countries that lack sporting infrastructure, in coordination with football’s governing body, Fifa.

US-based Aecom was appointed as project manager and Denmark’s Ramboll as design consultant for the project in 2014.

The largest stadium will be the Lusail Stadium. The UK’s Foster+Partners was appointed to design the flagship facility in early March.

Foster+Partners will work on the 80,000-seat stadium with US architect Populous and UK-based engineering consultant Arup. Qatar’s World Cup organising committee invited architects to submit designs for the stadium last year. The design competition replaced an earlier tender that the committee decided to scrap because the proposals did not adequately reflect Qatari design and culture.

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