Impregilo wins $844m Qatar FIFA stadium contract
Italian construction giant nails Al Khor contract in consortium with Galfar Al Misnad and Cimolai
Italian construction giant Salini Impregilo has announced the success of its bid for the $844m contract to build and operate the Al Bayt stadium for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
According to Salini Impregilo, the company heads the consortium including Galfar Al Misnad, the Qatari arm of Oman’s Galfar Engineering and Italian steel fabrication specialist Cimolai, and fended off competitors from France, Austria, India, and Asia.
Set for completion in September 2018, the design for the 60,000-seat stadium is inspired by the Bayt Al Sha’ar, the black and white tent traditionally used by Bedouin tribes in Qatar as a symbol of hospitality to travellers, and will be located in the city of Al Khor in the north of Qatar.
It will reside within a 200,000m2 residential community including retail and F&B venues for local residents, and also include tracks around its circumference for use by joggers and cyclists.
About $792m of the awarded amount is for construction of the stadium, while the remaining $59m is allocated for maintenance works.
Local daily The National also noted that Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has previously indicated that the Al Khor stadium will be built with demountable seating, so that it can be reduced to a capacity of 32,000 once the tournament is over.
As with a number of other stadiums being built for the tournament, these seats will then be shipped overseas to be used to help build stadiums in developing nations.
The contract strengthens Salini Impregilo’s presence in Qatar, where it is already working on the $1.9bn Red Line on the Doha Metro project, which runs for 13km, with seven underground stations.