Modular World Cup stadium

By Thomas Allen28 June 2018

China International Marine Container group (CIMC) has been chosen to help build the Ras Abu Aboud World Cup Stadium in Qatar, where the major sports event will be held in 2022.

One of 12 venues being constructed for the Qatari World Cup, the new stadium will be built using an unusual method. It was said that the structure would be the world’s first large-scale stadium created using modified shipping containers and the first demountable, transportable and re-usable stadium in the history of the World Cup.

Located on a waterfront site just southeast of the capital Doha, the seven-floor stadium will cover an area of 450,000m2 and will have the capacity to accommodate up to 40,000 people.

Wang Fei, project manager from CIMC, said, “As long as the construction site is sufficiently and properly flattened, the large-size and modern stadium will be easily erected with modular blocks.”

He said the final building process will look like playing with toy bricks using a steel structure as the frame in which the containers will be assembled.

The modularity of this project is intended as a solution to the common problem that such venues cannot be used efficiently after the major sports event has taken place. The 990 container modules can be disassembled and re-used in other locations or transformed into affordable housing and temporary shelters.

In addition, Wang said, “The use of modified shipping containers as modular building blocks will reduce the construction time by three years, save materials and reduce emissions.”

Fabrication is due to begin shortly, with the modules being shipped in batches from October 2018. The assembly is scheduled to be finished by April 2019, with the entire project slated for completion by June 2020.

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