Company unveils modular stadium with Qatar in mind

Dutch firm says concept stadium can be easily dismantled, transported

Estadio de Dragao, Porto - one of two stadiums Ballast Nedam built for the UEFA Eoruo 2004 tournament
Estadio de Dragao, Porto - one of two stadiums Ballast Nedam built for the UEFA Eoruo 2004 tournament

Dutch construction company Ballast Nedam has unveiled its design for a new "Plug and Play" modular stadium which can be put together in sections and then dismantled to be used elsewhere.

The company unveiled the concept at the PROVADA property trade show in Amsterdam with the Qatar 2022 World Cup in mind.

It said that the stadium has been developed for ease of use in dismantling, transporting and reusing the stadium core and can be presented in a variety of designs. It also added that the stadium is fully compatible with FIFA and UEFA requirements. The modules have steel main supporting structure with a floor and stand elements.

"A stadium of any design can be created with these modules," the company said in a statement.

The firm, which developed three stadiums for the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship in Portugal, said that the concept had been designed with the entire lifecycle of the stadium's core in mind.

"Production and distribution facilities have been designed for efficient delivery of elements to stadium sites," it said, adding that stadium re-use means that it can achieve carbon neutrality over its entire lifespan.

The firm also pointed to the fact that Qatar "will have no further use for all those large sports stadiums once the 2022 FIFA World Cup comes to an end".

"A Plug & Play Core stadium can be used elsewhere in the world when the World Cup is over, possibly with a different modular configuration."

Qatar's 2022 World Cup committee is currently in negotiations with FIFA over its stadium requirements. Although its bid was based on completing 12 stadiums, the minimum requirement is just eight stadiums and not all of these need to be permanent structures.

Last month, FIFA general-secretary Jerome Valcke said that given Qatar's relatively small size as a host nation, he didn't "see the interest for Qatar to have 12" stadiums.

The committee has said that it is already progressing plans for five of the stadiums. It appointed AECOM as design consultant and KEO International Consultants for the first of these, Al Wakrah Stadium, last week.

Al Wakrah has been design to have a capacity to hold 45,000 spectators during the World Cup, with an ability to reduce this to 25,000 once the tournament is over.


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