Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has broken ground on the first of the stadiums for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
The 40,000-seat Al Wakrah stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects is the first of five stadiums that are currently in the pipeline. It is the centrepiece of a 560,000m2 (60-hectare) precinct, with a new sports centre and a community hub featuring elements including a park, mosque, school, hotel, wedding hall, vocational training centre and local retail.
Following the completion of early stage works by AMANA, Qatari firm HBK Contracting has now begun on excavation and site preparation works ahead of foundations being laid at the site in September. This latest phase of work is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Once the tournament completes, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced by 20,000 and it will become home to the Al Wakrah Sports Club.
Extra modular seating will be removed and donated to poorer countries in need of better sports infrastructure.
The stadium has been designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, with Aecom serving as supervision architects.
HBK, alongside other contractors working on world cup projects, have signed up to SC’s Worker Welfare terms as part of its contract.