Italian construction group Salini Impregilo has won a €770m contract to develop the Al Bayt stadium at Al Khor in Doha, Qatar.
The stadium will be the venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Of the total contract value, more than €53m has been allocated to operation and maintenance of the stadium, with €716m being spent on construction.
The Italian firm will develop the stadium in a joint venture collaboration with Galfar and Cimolai.
The developers won the contract through an international competition, beating multiple competitors from France, Austria, India, and Asia, Salini Impregilo said.
A governmental foundation responsible for the development of sports infrastructure in Qatar, Aspire Zone, awarded the project.
Under the terms of the agreement, the developers will build a stadium with the capacity to accommodate 70,000 spectators.
Spanning a 200,000m² area, Al Bayt stadium will be accompanied by an auxiliary building construction for security and administrative systems, and another center to house the electromechanical and distribution facilities.
Expected to be built by September 2018, the stadium’s design inspiration is drawn from the Bayt Al Sha’ar; a traditional black and white tent erected by nomadic people in Qatar as a symbol of hospitality to desert travellers.
The design integrates the cultural and historical heritage of Qatar in addition to innovative technical and engineering elements.
The development is intended to be sustainable and will be specially built to offer ideal climatic conditions for the players and the spectators, in an environment that has high and fluctuating temperature conditions.
Image: The stadium will host the final FIFA World Cup match in 2022. Photo: courtesy of Salini Impregilo SpA.