Qatar: Al Rayyan Stadium will be delivered on time

Al Rayyan Stadium is progressing ahead of schedule, with the latest concrete pouring taking place a full five weeks ahead of schedule

Al Rayyan Stadium is progressing ahead of schedule, with the latest concrete pouring taking place a full five weeks ahead of schedule.
Al Rayyan Stadium is progressing ahead of schedule, with the latest concrete pouring taking place a full five weeks ahead of schedule.

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is confident that the Al Rayyan Stadium will meet its delivery date.

Al Rayyan Stadium is one of eight proposed venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and, according to assurances to the SC by a senior official of the main contractor, it will be delivered on time.

On Wednesday, 12 October, the 40,000-seater stadium reached a milestone as the first concrete was poured for its West Stand – five weeks earlier than the original schedule.

The occasion marked a new phase in the construction of one of Qatar’s most popular sports clubs, after starting the foundation excavation.

The main contractor comprises a joint venture of India's Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Qatar’s Al Balagh Trading and Contracting. The appointment was made by the SC on 1 June, and the initial concrete pouring took place at the West Stand on 12 June.

After the first pouring of concrete at the stadium, L&T’s senior executive vice president for buildings, minerals, and metals, M V Satish, praised the significance of the event.

Talking to the SC, L&T’s Satish said that the joint venture was proud of the progress achieved so far at the construction site: “L&T has a history of successfully delivering stadium projects across many countries ahead of schedule, and we are confident we will deliver Al Rayyan Stadium on time.”

The Al Rayyan Stadium project is the first ever involvement in a FIFA World Cup project for L&T, which has previous experience of constructing major sporting venues.

“We have been involved with the world cup competitions of other sports such as cricket, but the global appeal of the FIFA World Cup is unrivalled and we therefore attach great significance to the Al Rayyan project,” Satish added.

Sustainability is the essence of the stadium’s design, starting with the deconstruction of the old stadium, with 90% of the deconstruction materials being re-used in a variety of forms, among which, local and international artists will be encouraged to create works of public art which reflect the history of Al Rayyan Sports Club.

The local community was consulted about the design and legacy of the project, with the SC making eight majlis visits in the area.

After the tournament, the stadium will be reduced to a legacy project as 20,000 modular seats in the stadium’s top tier will be donated to countries in need of football infrastructure. The aim of the initiative is to contribute to the global development of football.

During its legacy stage, the venue will serve as a local community hub. The stadium precinct will include retail outlets, an aquatics centre, walkways, and a wedding hall.

Al Rayyan Stadium is on course to complete by 2019.

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