Qatar has appointed the lead project manager and design consultant for the first of its World Cup 2022 stadia, it was announced on Thursday.The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee announced it has appointed KEO as the project manager and AECOM as the design consultant for its Al Wakrah Stadium.
The statement confirmed the top-tiers of the 45,000-seater stadium will be modular and, following the tournament, the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 20,000. The remaining 25,000 seats will be removed, donated and re-constructed in countries that require assistance in developing sporting infrastructure."This is an important step for us as we deliver on our innovative hosting concept," said Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary-general for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.
"We are looking forward to working with our partners on Al Wakrah Stadium to construct an amazing sporting facility that both serves the local community and integrates with Al Wakrah's fabric. We are delighted with the sustainable legacy that this stadium, as well as forthcoming ones, will leave behind for Qatar and the world."
AECOM will work with Zaha Hadid Architects on the design and delivery of the stadium.
The statement also confirmed KEO and AECOM will undertake a community survey of the residents of Al Wakrah, aimed at gauging public opinion on development of the area surrounding the stadium.Qatar is poised to spend $130bn on infrastructure projects ahead of hosting the FIFA World Cup tournament in 2022, according to a report in October 2012 by KFH-Research.
Construction of Qatar's first stadium for the 2022 World Cup tournament will start in 2013, officials from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said in October 2012.Earlier this week, Qatar hired IMG and Amsterdam Arena as stadium operations consultants for the prestigious football tournament.
In a statement, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said that the two would assist on the development of business cases for all of the competition venues during the event, including stadia and their precincts, as well as training sites.
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