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Qatar-China JV wins 2022 World Cup stadium contract

Leading Qatari contractor HBK Contracting said its joint venture with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has won the main contract for 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium near Doha. The announcement from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) comes following the successful completion of the schematic design of the iconic stadium by British architectural firm Foster + Partners. Located in Lusail, a new $45 billion city being built 20 km north of Qatar’s capital Doha, the stadium is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host the opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The stadium is located on a 1-sq-km precinct plot along the Al Khor Expressway in the western edge of Lusail City, with the south facing the Commercial Boulevard of Lusail City. The long term development plans for the precinct include various unique developments such as a Theatre District that will be the Middle East’s first of the kind. Lusail Stadium and its surrounding precinct will offer a variety of legacy uses to the inhabitants of Lusail City and the greater community after the event, in partnership with Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Qatari Diar and private sector developers. The legacy concept for the stadium will be presented along with the Lusail Stadium design in 2017. “We are delighted to award the main contract for Lusail Stadium to HBK and CRCC as a joint venture. This awarding represents another important project milestone and comes at a significant time as Qatar and the SC have just passed the six years to go anniversary and reach the half-way point in our 2022 FIFA World Cup journey,” remarked SC secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi. “Lusail Stadium will be the centre-piece of our tournament in 2022, and post tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase. We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world next year,” he stated. Hilal Al Kuwari, the technical delivery office chairman at the SC, said: “We’re very excited that we have been able to bring together such a strong and dynamic construction joint venture for the project. 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,” he added. On the contract win, HBK Contracting president Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad K. Al Thani, said: “We are extremely thankful that the SC has entrusted us with the responsibility of constructing such an iconic stadium development. Being a Qatari company we are also proud to be part of such an historic national project and will endeavor to do all that we can to ensure we deliver Lusail Stadium with our partners at CRCC to the highest possible standard and in line with the agreed deadlines.” Zhuo Lei, the chairman of CRCC International Limited, said: “As a leading enterprise of the engineering and construction industry of China, we are honoured to join hands with our Qatari JV partner HBK in delivering Lusail Stadium.” The SC has also awarded a key contract to Qatari firm Marafeq for providing district cooling to the stadium. As per the deal, Marafeq will provide up to 30,000 tons of refrigeration to serve the stadium before and during the tournament. All eight stadiums currently under construction across Qatar will feature innovative cooling technology. Marafeq Qatar CEO Ahmed Al Ammari said: “We are very proud to play a part in the legacy of this prestigious development having been chosen to also deliver the district cooling system for the future community of Lusail.” “Our legacy cooling technology will be optimised for this state-of-the-art venue in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner and we will be able to produce up to 30,000 refrigerated tonnes without any energy wasted to cool the stadium and precinct,” he added. Construction work on the Lusail stadium site began in 2014, with Time Qatar as the project managers. Most recently early works and site office construction projects were completed by Galfar Al Misnad, with levelling and grading works and site and access roads completed by local contractor Marbu Contracting. By the end of 2016, the main-works contractor will be mobilised on site and the SC plans to reveal the final stadium design to the world in early 2017.-TradeArabia News Service

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