Deconstruction works start at Al Rayyan stadium
Work is underway in different stages on five stadiums in Qatar
Deconstruction works have started on Al Rayyan Stadium in preparation for the new 40,000-seater World Cup 2022 venue.
And the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) revealed the work is underway in different stages on five stadiums ahead of the showpiece football event in eight years’ time.
Along with the Al Rayyan Stadium and training sites, which will be cooled using environmentally-friendly technology, the 440,000m2 precinct will contain a social club, a cricket ground, trails for running or walking, and an array of sporting and civic facilities.
“With this important step, and the detailed planning that has gone into the precinct surrounding the stadium, we are also ensuring a lasting legacy for Al Rayyan, which will benefit from an integrated and sustainable sporting facility,” said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, SC.
The stadium will be complete in the first quarter of 2019 and have an approximate capacity of 43,000. Following the tournament, a modular upper tier will be disassembled and used to build football facilities in developing countries that lack sporting infrastructure, in coordination with FIFA, reducing the stadium’s capacity to 20,000.
Manco International General Contracting W.L.L., a joint venture between Manco W.L.L and Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, was awarded the contract for early works and deconstruction works for Al Rayyan Stadium and was contracted to the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards.
Since their appointment, Manco International General Contracting W.L.L. has been working in partnership with the SC Workers’ Welfare Committee in ensuring implementation of the standards.
Manco International General Contracting W.L.L. will be tasked with reusing 90% of the deconstruction waste and ensuring the selection of socially responsible practices through the supply chain. The stadium will also implement a strategy to minimise energy and water use and protect existing biodiversity on site.
“The beginning of works on this project and other World Cup projects reflects the commitment of Qatar to host this tournament and its eagerness to organise one of the best tournaments in the history of the World Cup,” said HE the Minister of Youth and Sport, Salah Bin Ghanim Al Ali.
HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), said that the QFA, in cooperation with the management of Al Rayyan Sports Club, have taken all the necessary measures to ensure that this project does not affect Al Rayyan’s football club, one of the oldest and most widely supported teams in the county.
The SC has held meetings with club officials and fans at Al Rayyan Sports Club to discuss the benefits of the new stadium and precinct, and is working in close coordination with the Qatar Olympic Committee on the reuse of lighting fixtures, transformers and seats, amongst other stadium installations and equipment at other sporting venues across Qatar, including Al Ahli Stadium.