The Lusail Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be built by Qatari contractor HBK Contracting Co. W.L.L. (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) as a joint-venture (JV).
British architectural firm Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the 80,000-seater stadium earlier this year.
The venue, located in Lusail City just 20km north of Qatar’s capital Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host the opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in a little over six years’ time.
Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Secretary General, HE Hassan Al Thawadi said:
We are delighted to award the main contract for Lusail Stadium to HBK and CRCC as a joint venture. The awarding of this contract 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.
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.
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.
The stadium is located on a one square kilometer 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 its kind.
Eng. Hilal Al-Kuwari, 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 with renowned Qatari contractor, HBK Contracting, and one of China’s biggest and best, CRCC. The appointment of a local company in this joint venture 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.
Lusail Stadium site construction 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.
The stadium has been designed to be in harmony with the surrounding Lusail City. To achieve this, extensive work has been carried out to integrate the stadium with the neighbouring master-plan. Regular coordination is held with the local municipal authority for the exchange of engineering information about the utilities and services in order to ensure alignment with the available sources in the area.
Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, SC Project Director at Lusail Stadium, said:
The schematic phase was completed with Foster + Partners’ following an exercise in legacy planning. For Lusail Stadium we are building a venue which will become an internationally-recognisable landmark, which has a special significance for us all as the proposed host venue for the opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.