The committee had originally invited 29 international contractors to express their interest in bidding the contract, but subsequently decided to prequalify just six. The prequalifiers are Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), the UK’s John Laing International, Germany’s Strabag Bau, Six Constructof Belgium and France’s Vinci. The client is aiming to implement the project on an accelerated schedule, with contract completion set for 16 months.

Spherical in shape, the sports hall will have a built-up area of 110,000 square metres and comprise a central basement, three upper floors and a steel roof. With a span of 250 metres and a height of 36 metres, the roof is the central item on the project and will require 7,000 tonnes of structural steel. The facility will cater for a range of sporting activities, including football, athletics, diving, swimming, squash, gymnastics and basketball.

The local Al-Huda Engineering Workswas awarded in September the QR 118.5 million ($32 million) contract to build the neighbouring sports academy.

A third major package, the redevelopment of the existing stadium, is expected to be tendered soon: international contractors have recently responded to a solicitation of interest issued by the client.

The design consultant on the sports academy and sports hall is the local Cico Consulting Architects Engineers, with France’s Tallibert.