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Going Green

10 May 2020

The legacy of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, one of the eight venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is a blueprint for future sports events for its pioneering solution in stadium design and construction

As the countdown clock displays 923 days to go on Monday for the kick-off of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the country is making significant progress on all fronts to make the global showpiece event one of the most memorable football extravaganza ever.

Among the eight stadiums that will host the World Cup games is Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, which pays homage to the nature of its port location through its innovative design.

The 40,000-seater stadium is a pioneering concept and will be a distinctive, colourful and ultra-modern arena, which will be dedicated to hosting of games up to the quarterfinal stage.

Constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular ‘building blocks’, not only will this innovative venue have a remarkable design, but it will be entirely dismantled and repurposed after the World Cup. 

Its parts will be used in other sporting or non-sporting projects, setting a new standard in sustainability and introducing bold new ideas in tournament legacy planning.

The stadium is located on the shores of the Gulf, looking across to Doha’s dazzling West Bay skyline. Following the dismantling of the stadium the venue will make way for a waterfront development.

The stadium will give global stadium developers and tournament planners a fine example to follow.

The venue’s temporary nature and modular design will mean that fewer building materials will be required than in traditional stadium building, helping to keep construction costs down.

And with other projects reusing the seats, roof and other components of the arena, parts of the venue will be utilised for years and even decades to come.

Minimising construction costs and ensuring regular future use are the key ingredients in making a new stadium – and sporting mega events – sustainable.

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will create an innovative blueprint that many others will follow.

To make the location suitable to house the construction, the land where the stadium is being built had to be decontaminated after years of industrial use, meaning a legacy for the site has been delivered before the project has even been completed.

Significant work has been carried out by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to remove the existing buildings, laboratories, workshops and fuel tanks. Some of the old buildings were kept – partly for their cultural and architectural value but also to ensure new facilities didn’t need to be created from scratch.

According to a senior official involved with the project, over 65 tonnes of asbestos containing material was removed from the site and safely disposed.

The SC’s sustainability and environment senior manager Bodour al Meer was quoted on the official SC website as saying: “Soil and groundwater contamination were also present in some locations. Water was run through a specific waste treatment process before it was used for dust suppression on-site or discharged into the sea, to adhere to Qatar’s strict environmental requirements.”

“More than 80% of the materials from the demolished buildings were reused or recycled, including metals, electronics, wood and office/packaging waste. Almost 70,000 tonnes of concrete and asphalt were crushed, tested and stockpiled to use during the construction of the stadium.”

He added, “The land was also home to trees and vegetation, some of which were more than 30 years old. More than 875 trees were inspected and tagged, and where possible, excavated and removed to the SC Tree & Turf Nursery, which provides the tree and turf for all Qatar 2022 venues. So far, 923 containers have been delivered to the stadium site out of the 949 required for its construction. The fabrication of steel for the structure is 94% complete and the development of the steel structure is now 33% complete.”

In a SC press release, Mohammed al Mulla, acting precinct director, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, said: “It’s an honour to work on such a sustainable project. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do for Qatar 2022 and Ras Abu Aboud exemplifies that commitment. The fact we’ve been able to decontaminate this former industrial site and turn it into a prime seafront location for future generations to enjoy is a great legacy for us.”

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