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Al Rayyan Stadium to become a shining light of Asian stadium developments

Following on from last week’s announcment of the main contractor for the Al Rayyan Stadium – a proposed host venue for matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ – further project details have been confirmed.

Upon completion in 2019, the 40,000-seater Al Rayyan Stadium will be a fine signature project for Indian construction company Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

L&T’s Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Buildings, Minerals & Metals) M. V. Satish, believes the stadium will become a benchmark project for the company, as he advised following the appointment of India’s largest construction company as the main contractor of the stadium last week:

The Al Rayyan Stadium project with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) will not only be a milestone for L&T’s future in stadium investment but will be the shining light of the company’s general stadium investments in Qatar, India and the whole of Asia.

Al Rayyan Larsen & Toubro pic

L&T’s Mr. Satish pictured right

The Ramboll and Pattern-designed stadium will become the new ‘home’ of the current Qatar Stars League champions Al Rayyan Sports Club in its post-event mode, with 20,000 modular seats from the top tier to be dismantled and donated to developing football nations following the 2022 event.

Qatari contractor Al Balagh Trading and Contracting are partnering with L&T in a joint venture on the delivery of Al Rayyan Stadium.

Mr. Satish, who is based in L&T’s head office in Chennai, confirmed:

L&T is extremely proud to have been chosen by the SC along with our partner Al Balagh to deliver their World Cup vision for 2022. This is a big achievement in the company’s history. We are very impressed with the SC’s way of managing the techno-commercial negotiation process. We will be ready to proudly inaugurate the stadium within the timeframe for completion.

Mr. Satish added that his organisation’s Indian Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) project delivery expertise, will be the DNA of the Al Rayyan Stadium project, as he outlined:

Our EPC delivery has been successful in many countries. You will find people of about 40 nationalities in our global staffing. Yet the core of the business is the Indian EPC project delivery expertise, and we are very confident that we will deliver an amazing Al Rayyan Stadium along with our partner Al Balagh.

The Indo-Qatari joint venture has teamed up with London-based architect KSS and Stuggart-based structural engineer Schlaich Bergermann & Partner for design execution, as Mr. Satish confirmed:

When we got to know about SC’s basic design, we were looking to add value, and hence we tied up with KSS and Schlaich Bergermann.

Schlaich Bergermann are global pioneers in wide spanning structures like stadium roofs. They have a big reference list from many stadiums used in FIFA competitions.

Other companies and contractors involved in the SC project prior to awarding of the main contractor, include Bin Omran, Nakheel, Manco International and AECOM*.

Source: Original article written by Abilash Nalapat for the SC: www.sc.qa

*AECOM is just one of the many industry-leading companies to be participating at this year’s must-attend event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, with the Group’s Mr Bill Hanway to be one of the 50+ sector-elite speakers to be imparting their wisdom during the Conference. AECOM is also a sponsor for this year’s event. And KSS have been a regular exhibitor, speaker, attendee for many years now. In addition, both AECOM and KSS are longstanding clients/advertisers in PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

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