China wins Qatar sta­dium bid

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

A CHI­NESE state-owned con­struc­tion com­pany will build the Qatar 2022 World Cup fi­nal sta­dium in a joint ven­ture, Qatar’s World Cup or­gan­is­ers said on Novem­ber 28.

The China Rail­way Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited and Qatari con­trac­tor HBK Con­tract­ing Co WLL have won the bid­ding process to build the sta­dium de­signed by award-win­ning Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Nor­man Foster’s firm, Qatar’s Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery and Legacy said.

The venue, which will host the 2022 World Cup fi­nal, will be built at Lu­sail City 20 kilo­me­tres (12 miles) north of Doha, the com­mit­tee said.

“We are de­lighted to award the main con­tract for Lu­sail Sta­dium to HBK and CRCC as a joint ven­ture,” the com­mit­tee’s sec­re­tary gen­eral Has­san Al Thawadi said.

“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,” he added.

Foster and Part­ners have drawn up the de­sign for the cir­cu­lar 80,000seater su­per-sta­dium, and the builders are ex­pected to swiftly be­gin work on the plot while the de­sign for the sta­dium is due to be re­vealed in early 2017.

“We are build­ing a venue which will be­come an in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nis­able land­mark, as the host venue for the open­ing and fi­nal matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” said Mubarak Al-Khu­laifi, the com­mit­tee’s project direc­tor for the sta­dium.

Photo: AFP

Liver­pool’s Sene­galese mid­fielder Sa­dio Mane (left) runs with the ball in a game against Sun­der­land in Liver­pool on Novem­ber 26.

Photo: Face­book/Steve Esamy

Con­struc­tion for the 80,000-seat Lu­sail Sta­dium is set for 2017, but this ren­der­ing from 2014 of­fers an idea of what’s to come.

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