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Construction underway on Qatar’s container stadium

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is in full swing but CIMC is already working on something special for the 2022 event in Qatar.

Recently, CIMC’s Yangzhou Base in China began construction of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

The whole stadium will consist of 990 modular containers built in seven storeys and it will be completed in June 2020.

It will be the first large stadium in the world built of modular containers and it will also be the first “green stadium” that is detachable, mobile and recyclable in the history of the FIFA World Cup.

Project manager Wang Fei said:

Strictly speaking, we are not ‘building’ but ‘producing’ this stadium. The prefabricated modular structure makes it possible to use less material and give rise to less waste and emissions, and three years may be saved for the whole construction.

This is not the biggest benefit. It is always a headache to put a stadium to further use after an international event.

This stadium is a detachable modular building, so it can be reused for other competitions in other places and also be pieced together into several small venues. They can even be completely converted into economically affordable housing or refugee housing. Moreover, the place where the original stadium stands can be quickly turned into a green park.

He explained how the stadium will be built:

After the site is selected, the framework of the entire stadium is constructed with steel, then containers are put in place like Lego building blocks, and finally painting and decoration is carried out. That is how a modern stadium comes into being.

Each one of the 990 modular containers is about 6.2m long by 5m wide by 2.5m high.

Each container is designed and decorated in different colours and patterns at the time of on-site assembly.

Exterior of the sample container produced by CIMC Yangzhou Tonglee.

The sample container is furnished with a well-outfitted bathroom, tangerine inner wall, black partition and champagne gold hall, which looks like a modern hotel.

Interior of the sample container produced by CIMC Yangzhou Tonglee.

Zhao Youshan, general manager of CIMC Yangzhou Base added:

We started to export modular buildings in 2005. We have undertaken projects worldwide, and our technology is internationally leading. Last year, we built modular containers for Brazil’s Antarctic research station, representing a new highlight of cooperation between the two BRICS countries.