Qatar starts construction at 2022 FIFA Lusail site
Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said the early works phase has been completed for Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-seat capacity facility where 2022 FIFA World Cup's opening and final matches are due to be played
Qatar commenced construction work at the Lusail Stadium site, north of capital city Doha, officials announced on Wednesday 16 September, 2015.
The opening game of 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the tournament's final match, will be staged at the 80,000 seater stadium.
Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the Qatari government organiser for the tournament, said: "Five kilometres of hoarding surround the site of the proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Final, where site facilities and offices have been finalised, marking the completion of the early works phase."
Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, SC project director at Lusail Stadium, said: “Following the timely conclusion of the early works phase, we aim to shortly commence enabling works.
"The scope for this phase will be comprised of the heavy civil works required to facilitate the construction of the stadium structure.”
Site investigation has provided information about critical aspects of the land area, such as the quality of the soil and the groundwater levels which will form a part of the basis of design for the stadium foundations and substructure.
It has also generated information about site levels, and the grading and levelling work required to achieve the finished site profile.
The final design for Lusail Stadium will be presented in 2016.
“The concept phase of the stadium design has been completed and approved, opening the way for the schematic phase," Al-Khulaifi added.
"For Lusail Stadium we are building a venue which will become an internationally-recognisable landmark. It is worth noting that it is also on the flight path coming in from a number of countries for fans arriving to Hamad International Airport."
In the months following the award of the design contract to Foster + Partners this March, the SC and the designers have worked hand-in-hand to capture a sense of local and regional architecture, reflecting the aesthetics of Qatar.
SC added all contracts on Lusail Stadium incorporate the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards.