Qatari and Chinese firms to join forces on World Cup stadium project

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, which is responsible for delivering the stadia and infrastructure for football’s 2022 Fifa World Cup, has announced the main contractor for Lusail Stadium, which is scheduled to stage the final of the national team tournament.

The Supreme Committee has awarded the main contractor contract to Qatari contractor HBK Contracting and state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation as a joint venture.

The stadium, which will also host the opening game of the World Cup, has been given a completion date of 2020. The state-of-the-art facility will be located 20km north of Doha, the capital of Qatar.

“The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone and comes at a significant time as Qatar and the SC have just passed the six-years-to-go anniversary and reached the halfway point in our 2022 Fifa World Cup journey,” Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee, said. 

“Lusail Stadium will be the centrepiece of our tournament in 2022, and post-tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase. We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world next year.”

The schematic design of the 80,000-seat stadium was completed earlier this year by British architectural firm Foster & Partners.

Lusail Stadium will be located on a square-kilometre precinct plot along the Al Khor Expressway in the western edge of Lusail City, with the south facing the city’s commercial boulevard. A theatre district will form part of the precinct’s long-term plans.

Hilal Al-Kuwari, the Supreme Committee’s technical delivery office chairman, added: “We’re very excited that we have been able to bring together such a strong and dynamic construction joint venture with renowned Qatari contractor, HBK Contracting, and one of China’s biggest and best, CRCC. 

“The appointment of a local company in this joint venture is also significant and demonstrates our commitment of contributing to the economic legacy for Qatar post 2022. Lusail is such an important project for the SC and Qatar and we look forward to working with both organisations as we head towards kick-off in under six years’ time.”

The Supreme Committee also awarded facilities management company Marafeq with a district cooling supply contract for the stadium. Marafeq will provide up to 30,000 tonnes of refrigeration to serve Lusail Stadium in the build-up to, and during, the World Cup. All eight World Cup stadia will feature innovative cooling technology to help combat Qatar's stifling heat.