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First containers approved for Qatar 2022’s ‘Lego’ stadium

Organisers of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup have approved a batch of sample modular containers that will be used to construct the “Lego-like” Ras Abu Aboud Stadium.

The 40,000-capacity arena, over seven storeys, will be made of 990 modular containers measuring 6m×2.5×2.5m which are being created by Chinese firm CIMC.

The containers will be, according to CIMC project manager Wang Fei, “put in place like Lego building blocks” in the stadium’s steel structure before being painted and decorated.

When it is completed in June 2020, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be the first major stadium to be created out of modular containers, and the first-ever World Cup venue designed to be “detachable, mobile and recyclable”.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar Organising Committee came to CIMC Tonglee to inspect three sample containers and was pleased with what it saw.

“Your product quality has exceeded my expectations. We hope to work together with your company to build this magic stadium,” said Organising Committee members, according to CIMC.

CIMC has exported modular buildings since 2005, with its products notably used to create Brazil’s Antarctic research station.

This stadium can be reused for other competitions in other places and be pieced together into several small venues. CIMC added that modules can be completely converted into housing, while the site where the original stadium stands can be quickly turned into a green park.

“The prefabricated modular structure makes it possible to use less material and gives rise to less waste and emissions, and three years may be saved for the whole construction,” said Fei.

“This is not the biggest benefit. It is always a headache in regard to putting a stadium into further use after an international event, especially for a comparatively small area.”