Qatar: 2022 FIFA's Khalifa Stadium ready by 2016
The 40,000-seater stadium will be handed over by the end of 2016, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy says, adding 90% of structural concrete works are complete, and will be ready by the end of 2015
Construction work at the first of Qatar's planned stadiums for 2022 FIFA World Cup is due for completion next year, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SDCL) announced.
Khalifa International Stadium, situated in the country's capital Doha, is undergoing major renovation work for the world event, which includes adding a new building to the stadium's east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.
The stadium's concrete structure is approaching completion.
New areas of seating are increasing the stadium's height.
Up to 90% of structural concrete for the project, estimated to be 42,000 cubic metres, has been laid, and is expected to be fully completed within two months.
Works on the 40,000-seater stadium are expected to finish in 2016.
The skeleton of the new stadium is on track for completion by the end of 2015.
A new tent which, will cover up to 70% of the stadium was fabricated in the US, and is currently being assembled in Mexico.
The tent will be shipped to Doha "soon", and will be fixed using cables made in Germany.
The stadium, once completed, will include cooling technology on "the field of play, all seats, and concourses", SDCL's statement said.
Up to 3,330 construction labourers have worked over 3,234,709 man-hours at Khalifa "without a recordable accident", the statement added.
"We are very happy with the rapid progress of renovation works at the site," Mansoor Saleh Al-Muhannadi, project manager at Aspire Zone Foundation, said.
"The vertical structure is now at level eight, while strengthening works are also underway.
"We expect the stadium to be handed over by the main contractor at the end of 2016," Al-Muhannadi continued.
A joint venture between Midmac Contracting and a subsidiary of the Belgian Besix Group, Six Construct, is overseeing the main contractor works on the stadium.
Dar Al Handasah and Projacs are the design and project manager consultants, respectively.
Khalifa stadium was constructed in 1976 as a 20,000-seater stadium.
Construction of stadiums is continuing in Qatar, despite concerns that FIFA's corruption scandals might snatch hosting rights for the 2022 event, from the Gulf state.