Cyprus-based contractor, Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P), has been awarded the construction contract for the Qatar Foundation Stadium, sources have revealed.
According to Construction Week, sources said:
We [J&P] have received the confirmation letter on Saturday, 16 July. We are yet to receive the official document, but we expect it will come next week. Further details will be revealed then.
The Stadium will have a tournament capacity of 40,000 and, as with all proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ venues, will feature innovative cooling technology that will provide comfortable playing and viewing conditions for fans and players alike.
Qatar Foundation Stadium’s design draws on the rich history of Islamic architecture. The façade is characterised by triangles that form complex geometrical patterns, which appear to change colour as the sun arcs across the sky.
The Stadium will be located at Education City, the home of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), and it will fulfil all FIFA requirements for hosting matches through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. It is being delivered by the QF, one of the stakeholders of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
Fenwick Iribarren Architects – also known as RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects – is the lead design consultant for the Qatar Foundation Stadium, while Astad Project Management is the project manager.
The Stadium, which is targetting Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, will further enhance QF’s reputation, and set an example for future stadium developers.
Following the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, the Stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 25,000 seats. The seats in the Stadium’s modular upper tier will be used to build stadiums in developing countries, contributing to the tournament’s legacy and helping to achieve QF’s goals of using the power of sport to unlock human potential and harness positive social change.
Qatar Foundation Stadium will become a sports, leisure and social hub for both the QF community and the neighbourhoods surrounding Education City. The Stadium and Precinct will host university sports clubs and local, regional and international sporting events. It is envisioned that the facility will also house the Qatar Women’s National Football Team, along with the offices of a number of non-governmental organisations dedicated to using sport as a tool for development. For decades to come, the Stadium will be a symbol of innovation, sustainability and progress, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the goals of both QF and the SC.
Construction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2019.
Quote & details regarding the contract award sourced from Paromita Dey’s article on Construction Week’s online portal:
Images: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)