Salini Impregilo wins contract for Qatar’s Al Bayt stadium

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Italian company Salini Impregilo has signed a contract for the construction of Qatar’s Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, a city approximately 50km north of Doha, which will be hosting the 2022 World Cup. The contract is worth €770m (US$838m), of which €716m (US$779m) is for construction, with over €53m (US$57) for operation and maintenance. The contract is for the design and construction of one of the sports complexes for the 2022 World Cup. Salini Impregilo, in a joint venture with Galfar and Cimolai, bested a number of competing bids from France, Austria, India and Asia.

The project was awarded to the Italian company by Aspire Zone, the Qatari governmental foundation responsible for the development of sports infrastructure in the country. The project involves the construction of a stadium that can accommodate 70,000 spectators, with an area of 2,152,782ft2 (200,000m2) – as well as an auxiliary building for security and administration, and a center to house the electromechanical and distribution requirements of the venue.

The stadium, which will be completed by September 2018, will have a unique design: the project is allegedly inspired by the Bayt Al Sha’ar – the black and white tent traditionally used by Qatar’s nomads, which is seen as symbol of hospitality for desert travelers. The design is in line with the Qatari aim to combine the country’s cultural and historical heritage with highly innovative technology and engineering.

Particular attention will be paid to solutions to provide ideal climatic conditions, both for the players and for the spectators, in an environment with extremely high temperatures and significant daily and seasonal temperature fluctuations. The project will also be sustainable, thanks to modern construction techniques and the use of environmentally friendly, low-energy-impact advanced materials.

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