Posted on October 07, 2014

The organisers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup has announced that a construction contract for the first of its tournament stadia will be awarded next year, said Arabian Business.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said in a statement that construction of the 40,000-seater Al Wakrah Stadium is "moving at a significant pace", with enabling works currently being conducted and completion slated in 2018. "Progress on the ground is well underway, with the bowl of the stadium currently being dug out and the precinct now visible on Google Earth," the statement said. Organisers also revealed that more than 50 staff have now moved into the newly completed Al Wakrah Stadium site offices.

The staff on-site includes project management consultants KEO and design consultants AECOM. Over the next 12 months the number of on-site staff will increase to 200. Ghanim Al Kuwari, the SC’s competition venues director, said: “This is a very important move and highlights our organisation’s commitment to delivering stadiums. Our team is together now and sharing the same office. This is a clear sign that our mega project is making significant progress.”

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Peter Randles, the SC’s Al Wakrah manager, added: “We currently have about 50 machines on–site which are digging the bowl of the stadium. Consequently the project is moving at a fast pace – it has a dynamism and this latest move shows we are very much focused on delivery.” Located 15km south of Doha, Al Wakrah Stadium was designed by AECOM, in association with Zaha Hadid Architects. Upon completion, the stadium will become the home of Al Wakrah Sports Club. 

Following the tournament in 2022, the modular upper tiers of Al Wakrah’s of 20,000 seat will be disassembled and distributed to nations in need of sporting infrastructure. The stadium will also feature the innovative cooling technology being designed and developed by the SC for the 2022 World Cup to meet the comfort needs of spectators.