Posted on May 24, 2017

The 4th edition of the World Stadium Congress Awards, held at the Westin Doha on 22 May as part of the World Stadium Congress, once again recognised the best in the industry.

This year’s judging panel included industry experts Philipp Herpel, Managing Director at HFP, Mark Fenwick, Partner at Fenwick Iribarren Architects, and Chris Dite, Associate Director, Sport Venue Design and Major Events at Arup. Moderated by beIN Sports’ presenter, Angus Scott, today’s sessions highlighted the role of stadia and sporting venues in creating central meeting points for communities. Serving as more than ‘game-day’ facilities, the key learnings from today’s sessions highlighted the role of venues and tournaments in building up the communities they serve.

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One of the stand-out presentations for the day was from Isabel Gultresa, CSR Senior Manager for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, who presented on ‘Generation Amazing’, an initiative by the local organising committee to create a healthy, sustainable society through the 3 main programmes: Healthy Generation, Green Generation and Inclusive Generation. Other notable presentations included venues showcase presentations for the Matmut Atlantique Stadium Bordeaux utilised for the Euro 2016 tournament, the proposed new football stadium for Chelsea FC, Stadium Krasnodar to be utilised for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Singapore Sports Hub, FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Amsterdam ArenA and the world-famous AT&T Stadium.

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As the congress came to a close, the event boasted an incomparable senior and diverse speaker attendance across all four days, functioning as a precursor to 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and other sport and stadia projects all across the world. The awards received nominations from over 20 organisations across 6 different categories with the eventual winners decided by the independent judging panel as follows:

  • Award for the Best New Stadium or Arena: Tekfen Construction and Heerim Architects and Planners for the Baku Olympic Stadium
  • Future Sporting Venue Award: VTB Arena
  • Award for Innovative Solution of the Year: Futbol Club Barcelona
  • Award for Stadium Consultant of the Year: ASTAD Project Management
  • Award for Stadium Contractor of the Year: Polimeks Construction Company for the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium
  • Award for Stadium Design of the Year: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium

The winners were announced during the official awards ceremony and gala dinner that was hosted by Vodafone Qatar on day one of the conference.

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