Work to begin on Qatar World Cup stadium ‘in September’

Development to house an estimated 2,700 labourers is also underway
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 23 Aug 2015 06:03 PM

Construction of Qatar’s Al Khor Al Bayt World Cup stadium will begin next month, it has been reported.

Doha News said the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) has announced work will begin in September.

Enabling works ongoing since last year, including building temporary onsite offices, internal roads and levelling out the site, have now been completed, it said.

And a nearby development to house up to 2,700 construction workers, with retail and space for restaurants, is underway, the SCDL added.

Ghanim Al Kuwari, executive director of competition venues, was quoted as saying in a statement this week: “We are progressing well at Al Khor and this new workers’ accommodation under construction is the latest sign of that development.

“The proposed design for the accommodation was reviewed by the Technical Delivery Office and the Workers Welfare Committee at the SC to ensure alignment with our standards.”

All World Cup projects in Qatar must comply with a dedicated workers’ charter stipulating minimum living standards.

Last month, it was announced that Italian construction firm Salini Impregilo Group, in joint venture with Galfar and Cimolai, won the 770 million euro ($849 million) contract to build the World Cup stadium.

Of the total, 716 million euros will be for design and construction work and more than 53 million euros will be for operation and maintenance.

The stadium is to be located about 50km north of Doha.

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