Construction advancing on Al Bayt Stadium bowl

Construction on the Al Bayt stadium is progressing well with 95% of foundation work completed and the installation of the first sections of the 12-metre lower tier walls in place.

Construction on Al Bayt Stadium.
Construction on Al Bayt Stadium.

Construction on the Al Bayt stadium is well underway with ongoing works in the stadium precinct including excavation, de-watering and the installation of pipe connections.

The Al Bayt stadium design is an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting the country’s history and culture through the nomadic tents used in the region. The stadium design is inspired by the Arabian tent, reaching up 37 metres in height with three tiers of seating that will provide ample space for 60,000 spectators.

The seats, coloured black, red and white also follow the interior design on a Bedouin tent and the stadium is designed with a retractable roof – operated with mechanics similar to those used at Wimbledon’s Centre Court – to provide optimal cooling conditions, allowing football to be played year-round in the arena.

The retractable roof will be able to close completely in 20 minutes.

The venue has a modular design, which includes an upper tier of removable seats. After the tournament, this upper tier will be removed and the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 32,000 seats in its legacy stage.

With 95% of foundation work completed and the installation of the first sections of the 12-metre lower tier walls, which will carry the weight of the entire stadium structure, is clear indication that construction is forging ahead on the site, which is the proposed host venue up to the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World All Cup Qatar.

The Al Bayt Stadium Project director – Aspire Zone Foundation, Dr. Nasser Al Hajeri, pointed out that work on site is progressing on different sectors: “We are now seeing the growth of the main stadium structure on site with the progress on the vertical construction.

“Other ongoing works in the stadium precinct include excavation, de-watering, installation of pipe connections and the recent setting up of the nearby tree nursery. Overall we can see that the stadium construction is advancing well and we will continue to see further progress over the coming weeks and months,” he said.

Main structural work on one of the two player tunnels has already been completed with work underway on the other one.

Several building columns are in place with the highest point reached so far extending to 21 metres, along with a section of the buttress wall which, once completed, will carry the next two levels of the structure, reaching a total of 37 metres.

Currently there are 21 cranes on site – including one 280-tonne mega crane.

The next step in the construction is placing the top slab and installing the other precast elements which will give the recognisable shape to the venue.

The stadium is expected to be finalised in 2018 and samples of the seats have already arrived on site.

“A Qatari company has been appointed to design, manufacture, deliver and install the stadium seats, which will have patterns similar to those in a traditional tent which the design is based on,” said Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) project manager for Khalifa International Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, Engineer Mohemed Ahmed.

He added: “The design, manufacturing and installation of the seats is set to commence next year on all three tiers. Two of them are made of conventional and precast structure and one of them is made of structural steel, which will be modular seating that will be removed after the tournament.”

The stadium will have advanced cooling technology thanks to a number of cooling devices distributed throughout the venue that will receive cold water from chillers in the nearby energy centre.

A joint venture involving Galfar Al Misnad, Salini Impregilo Group and Cimolai is in charge of the main construction of the stadium and the energy centre.

Local contractors Bin Omran Trading & Contracting and Al Sulaiteen Agricultural & Industrial Complex are working on the precinct infraestructure and landscape, respectively.

Al Bayt Stadium is one of the eight 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums currently under construction across Qatar.

Safety continues to be the number one priority across all SC sites, with the SC Workers’ Welfare Standards being implemented throughout the project.

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