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Salini Impregilo-led JV wins contract to build Qatar’s Al Bayt stadium

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Italian company, Salini Impregilo, has signed a contract for the construction of Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, a city about 50km north of the capital, Doha. The contract is worth €770m (US$838m) – of which €716m (US$779m) is for construction and over €53m (US$57) is for operation and maintenance – and relates to the design and construction of Al Bayt Stadium; one of the host venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ finals in Qatar.

Salini Impregilo, in a joint venture with Galfar and Cimolai, beat many competitors from France, Austria, India, and Asia in an international competition that lasted several months before the winner was announced.

The project was awarded by the governmental foundation Aspire Zone, which is responsible for the development of sports infrastructure in the country. It regards the construction of a stadium that can accommodate 70,000 spectators, with an area of 200,000sqm; an auxiliary building for security and administrative facilities, and the centre that will house the electromechanical and distribution systems.

The stadium, which will be completed by September 2018, will have a unique design, as it has been inspired by the Bayt Al Sha’ar; the black and white tent traditionally used by nomadic people in the territory of Qatar and its neighbouring regions, which is seen as symbol of hospitality for the desert travellers. The design responds to the “Qatari concept” to mark the cultural and historical heritage of the country, along with highly innovative technical and engineering aspects.

Particular relevance, among other things, regards the solutions adopted to provide ideal climatic conditions both for the players and the spectators, which is a challenge in an environment that experiences high temperatures and extreme temperature changes both daily and seasonally. The project is believed to be one of the most sustainable in the Qatari’s portfolio of host stadia, thanks to the modern construction techniques to be utilised and the use of environmentally-friendly and low energy impact advanced materials.

Images courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Images courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Al Bayt Stadium: Stats

The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), will deliver Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct. In 2022, the stadium will have the capacity to host 60,000 spectators, and will fulfil all FIFA requirements for hosting FIFA World Cup™ matches through to the semi-final round. Dar Al Handasah serves as the design consultant for Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City and the surrounding precinct, and Projacs serves as the project manager.

Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City perfectly embodies the spirit of Qatar. Using the latest technologies and breathtaking innovations, it tells the story of a nation that has welcomed visitors into its warm embrace, in times of both scarcity and plenty, and treated them as family — regardless of differences in background, history or culture.

For centuries, Qatar has been home to both nomadic and settled populations. The nomadic population lived primarily in the desert and herded animals, including camels, sheep and goats. The country’s settled population primarily lived along the coastline, engaging in pearl diving, fishing and trading with neighbouring villages, towns and cities. Although located close to Qatar’s coast, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will introduce fans and visitors from around the world to the culture of the desert.

The stadium’s name has been derived from ‘Bayt Al Sha’ar’, a tent traditionally used by nomadic peoples in Qatar and neighbouring countries. Historically, the distinctive exterior – black with prominent white stripes – served a number of purposes. The width and number of white stripes identified the tribe of the owner. The tent was easily spotted from afar. For those travelling through the sometimes harsh landscapes of the desert, the sight of a black-and-white striped tent on the horizon meant an invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the tent’s owner, whether known to the traveller or not. Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will carry on this tradition, beckoning football lovers near and far, bringing them together to put aside their differences in a global celebration of the beautiful game.

The tent’s exterior was also optimised for staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter, just as Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City will maintain ideal temperatures for player performance and fan comfort year-round.

Bayt Al Sha’ar interiors contrasted sharply with their monochromatic exteriors. The red, woven interiors, in a traditional Sadu pattern that differed from area to area and family to family, greeted visitors who stepped inside Bayt Al Sha’ar, enveloping them in the warmth of their hosts and inviting them to relax and shelter from the elements. This is echoed in the interior of Al Bayt Stadium, where the Sadu pattern will provide visitors from abroad with a taste of traditional Qatari design, and remind local fans of their heritage.

Of necessity, the tents upon which Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City is modelled are uniquely sustainable and suitable to the deserts in which they are found. They are named after the animal hair from which they were woven with care, from the same animals that grazed outside. Despite the relative simplicity of their design, they were expected to fulfil a number of requirements. They had to be quick and easy to erect and deconstruct, and light enough to be carried by pack animals, sometimes for long distances. They also needed to be airy and cool in the summer, and warm and cozy in the winter.

Al Bayt Stadium shares this dedication to sustainability witnessed in the generations who lived in Bayt Al Sha’ar. To achieve Qatar’s goal of hosting an environmentally-friendly 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the stadium and precinct will incorporate green building materials that minimise embedded carbon and incorporate energy usage best practices. Employing the latest construction techniques and materials, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certifications.



Spurs remove last obstacle to new stadium development plan

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According to a Reuters report by Mike Collett, Tottenham Hotspur FC (Spurs) have removed the final obstacle blocking the building of a new GBP£400m (US$592.84m) 56,000-seater stadium by agreeing to buy the last parcel of land that had been preventing the start of construction work.

The English Premier League club have started laying foundations for the new ground, adjacent to their existing stadium, but said on Tuesday they had agreed a deal to buy land occupied by Archway Sheet Metal Works’ company, which had held up the development.

Spurs have planning permission for the stadium, which will replace White Hart Lane, their home since 1899 where the capacity is currently only 36,000.

The Club said they would take possession of the land “later this year” to give the company time to relocate.

In November, a fire destroyed much of the Archway premises, which is located metres from the Park Lane (North) stand at White Hart Lane.

The firm took the club to court in February challenging a compulsory purchase order for the land but the appeal was dismissed and Archway decided this month to accept the decision.

(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Stats

The Populous-designed 56,250-capacity stadium for Spurs forms the centrepiece of a wider Northumberland Development Project master plan for the regeneration of North Tottenham N17.

The design responds to the club’s brief for an iconic stadium incorporating modern state-of-the-art facilities, and recreating the intense atmosphere of the current White Hart Lane stadium to provide the best possible spectator experience.

The concept expresses the idea of “flowing football, flowing lines”, and the curved cladding envelope and undulating roof together with a subtle use of club colours evokes the Spurs tradition of doing things with style and panache.

Client: Tottenham Hotspur FC
Status: Planning consent September 2011
Value: Confidential

Extended time-lapse video of Avaya Stadium from construction to Opening Day

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EarthCam and the San Jose Earthquakes teamed up to bring fans the ultimate experience, through EarthCam’s time-lapse video of stadium construction and the first game.

The San Jose Earthquakes welcomed fans to their new home with a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire. EarthCam’s extended time-lapse video includes the construction of Avaya Stadium and opening day festivities.

Avaya Stadium is the first cloud-enabled venue in professional sports. This new 18,000-seat, Major League Soccer stadium emphasises the fan experience by creating an intimate atmosphere that brings spectators close to the action, physically and technologically.

Designed by HOK, the European-style stadium features covered seating that holds in the sound and creates an energetic atmosphere for fans. Every aspect of the open-air stadium is tailored to the MLS experience, offering fans exceptional sightlines to the field from every angle.

Avaya technology is powering new ways for fans to connect to the game, including a mobile application and a fan engagement wall. Additionally, the Quakes are working closely with Avaya Labs to bring new technology into the stadium. “The partnership with Avaya will create a very tech-forward, innovative experience for fans that will be the envy of stadiums from across the world,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.

Experience the stadium’s construction through to the excitement of opening day with EarthCam’s time-lapse video at:

Online credit: Time-Lapse Courtesy of EarthCam:

Avaya Stadium features in our latest Q1/Spring ’15 issue of PanStadia & Arena Management, which will be available in digital format next week and in print from the following week.

Image courtesy: HOK

City of Brussels chooses BAM-Ghelamco consortium to build new Eurostadium

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The Board of the City of Brussels confirmed this month that it has selected the preferred candidate for the construction of the new Eurostadium at parking C. The BAM-Ghelamco consortium was chosen from three candidates for the financing, construction and operation of the new football stadium at the Heysel.

This choice was made after analysis of the award criteria included in the market survey, which was launched on 31 March 2014 by the City Council of the City of Brussels. These criteria are:

  • The feasibility of the implementation of the stadium
  • The feasibility and quality of the operation of the stadium
  • The terms of the lease
  • Financial and contractual guarantees
  • Architectural quality and the incorporation of the project in the landscape

The advisory committee was composed of representatives of the City of Brussels, the Brussels Capital Region, the municipality of Grimbergen, residents committees of the City of Brussels and the town of Grimbergen, as well as independent architects and experts.


At this stage of the procedure, none of the three candidates has been excluded: the negotiations between the City and the preferred candidate will start in the next few weeks, with a view to concluding a contract for the lease. If both parties do not reach an agreement, the City reserves the right to turn to another candidate.

Renewed Heysel

The redevelopment of Heysel will see the creation of the new, modern, 60,000-seat Eurostadium – designed by Jaspers-Eyers Architects – in the vicinity of the Atomium, the Exhibition Palaces (Brussels Expo), a shopping centre, a 5,000-seat conference hall and a 15,000-seat theatre in Palais 12.

Start of construction

In late June 2015, the contract will be signed for the construction of the stadium between the City and the selected candidate. Depending on the time required for the issuance of the necessary permits, the construction of the new stadium at parking C will be launched in early 2016.

In that same year, the European football association, UEFA, will also choose the host city for the opening match of Euro 2020. The City of Brussels, which is already a host city for the European Football Championship, is a candidate for this opening match.


Project Stats
Location: Brussels
Expected capacity: 62,613 for Euro 2020

Construction time: 2016-2018
Tenants: RSC Anderlecht + KBVB/URBSFA (Royal Belgian Football Association; Red Devils, Belgian National Team)
Projected cost: €314m

Euro 2020: three group stage matches + round of 16

Joint project of Brussels, Royal Belgian Football Association and RSC Anderlecht.

Formula: three consortia were considered, with designs confirmed by end of 2014 and the preferred choice made in early 2015. The chosen company will build, finance and operate the stadium. RSC Anderlecht and the Royal Belgian Football Association will rent the stadium.

Image Copyright: Jaspers-Eyers Architects.