Qatar awards Projects for second World Cup stadium

Qatar’s Supreme Committee responsible for delivering the 2022 World Cup has announced the appointment of consultants to deliver the Al Rayyan Stadium.

Aecom has been appointed as project manager and Ramboll as design consultant for the stadium. They will be supervised by CH2M Hill, which is the committee’s programme management consultant.

Al Rayyan stadium will have its capacity extended to 40,000 seats and will include a new modular top tier that can be disasembled after the World Cup has ended, with the modular units being made available to build facilities in developing countries. It will be an open-air stadium with a natural grass pitch, but will be cooled using green technologies.

The committee also said that all contracts on the stadium will include its Workers’ Welfare Standards conditions.

Secretary-general Hassan Al Thawadi said: “We are looking forward to working with our partners on Al Rayyan Stadium to build an amazing sporting facility that both serves the local community and Al Rayyan Sports Club, whose colours have been worn by the likes of Fernando Hierro, Frank de Boer and Ronald de Boer – one of our Bid Ambassadors.”

The area around the stadium will also be developed to contain environmentally-friendly cooling, as well as training sites and a nearby fan zone. Source: Construction Week

The contract is the second picked up so far on Qatar’s World Cup bid by Aecom, which is also a design consultant for the Al Wakrah stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Its chairman and CEO John Dionsio said: “We are honoured to be entrusted with such a high-profile programme that is establishing Qatar as an international sports venue and is a beacon for sports development in the Middle East.”

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