Chinese company and HBK JV to build Lusail stadium
The construction of the 2022 World Cup's biggest venue, Lusail Stadium, has gone to a joint venture between Qatari company HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC)
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers have revealed that one of the tournament’s stadia is to be built by a Chinese construction company JV.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) announced the main contractor of Lusail Stadium, with Qatari company HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) as a joint venture (JV).
Designed by British architectural firm Foster + Partners, the schematic design of the 80,000-seat stadium was completed earlier this year.
“The awarding of this contract represents another important project milestone and comes at a significant time as Qatar and the SC have just passed the six years to go anniversary and reach the halfway point in our 2022 FIFA World Cup journey,” said SC secretary general, Hassan al-Thawadi.
“Lusail Stadium will be the centrepiece of our tournament in 2022, and post tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase. We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world next year,” he added.
HBK Contracting Company president Sheikh Ali bin Hamad K al-Thani, said: “Being a Qatari company we are also proud to be part of such a historic national project and will endeavour to do all that we can to ensure we deliver Lusail Stadium with our partners at CRCC to the highest possible standard and in line with the agreed deadlines.”
While CRCC International Limited chairman Zhuo Lei added: “As a leading enterprise of the engineering and construction industry of China, we are honoured to join hands with our Qatari Joint Venture partner HBK in delivering Lusail Stadium.”
The 80,000-seater Lusail stadium - the largest of the planned eight stadia - in Lusail City, 20km north of Doha, is scheduled for completion by 2020 and will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in a little over six years’ time.