China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) has been picked as main contractor for Qatar’s Lusail Stadium, where the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held.
CRCC was chosen by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to work in a joint venture with Qatari contractor HBK Contracting.
British architectural firm Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the 80,000-seater stadium earlier this year. The venue, located in Lusail City, 20km north of Qatar’s capital Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host the opening and final matches of the World Cup.
Mr. Zhuo Lei, Chairman of CRCC International Limited, said: "On behalf of CRCC, I would like to extend our appreciation to the SC for entrusting us with the task of delivering the main stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
"As a leading enterprise of the engineering and construction industry of China, we are honoured to join hands with our Qatari Joint Venture partner HBK in delivering Lusail Stadium, and we extend our most sincere and best wishes for a successful tournament and beneficial legacy for Qatar and the region."
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 the kind.
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.
Image: Render of stadium interior by Foster + Partner developed in 2010 (Foster + Partners)