Supreme Committee unveils design for Qatar Foundation Stadium



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Qatar World Cup™ organisers have released the design of their fourth stadium on the fourth anniversary of their 2022 bid success on December 2, 2014.The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has unveiled the design for Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct, a proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, which will be able to stage matches up to the quarter finals of the tournament.

The Qatar Foundation Stadium is one of five stadia that will be under construction by the SC and its partners by the end of 2014 with one further design to be unveiled this year. The stadium in the capital Doha is being designed to seat 40,000, with the capacity reduced to 25,000 after the tournament.

Organisers say the Spanish-designed stadium’s “geometrical patterns are designed to pay tribute to traditional Islamic architecture.” It is set to be completed by 2018 and is able to stage matches up to the quarterfinals.

“I am pleased that on the fourth anniversary of Qatar winning the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is able to stand alongside one of the most prominent Qatari institutions to reveal the design of the Qatar Foundation Stadium,” SC secretary general Hassan al Thawadi said in a statement widely reported in the media.

Sustainability is at the heart of The Qatar Foundation Stadium and Health & Wellness Precinct. The development will target a Gold Sustainability Building Certification in the US Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings system. QF will also incorporate sustainably-sourced building materials that minimise embedded carbon and adhere to energy usage best practices. Photovoltaic and solar thermal panels will produce energy for electricity and hot water, and help to power the stadium, swimming pool and indoor pavilion.

Astad Project Management serves as the project manager and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects is the Design Consultant for the QF Stadium. The development of QF Stadium, and the associated Health & Wellness Precinct, will be overseen by the Qatar Foundation Capital Projects Directorate in coordination with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Located at Education City, the stadium will feature state-of-the-art cooling technology, ensuring comfortable playing and viewing conditions for fans and players alike. The natural grass pitch used during the tournament will be replaced by an artificial one which can be used 365 days a year. The stadium’s seating design will be modified to incorporate a majlis, family areas and other facilities for QF partners.

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