The design of Khalifa International Stadium, which is currently under renovation and due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, has been recognised as achieving sustainability standards. Khalifa International Stadium recently received the provisional four-star rating in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), administered by the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD). This is the first certificate for a renovation project to be issued by GORD.
Talking about the achievement, Eng. Mansoor Al-Muhannadi, Khalifa International Stadium – Project Manager of Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “We are very proud of this recognition which highlights our undertaking during the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium to also make it a more sustainable venue. In addition to this, fans will have the possibility to opt for the more sustainable means to reach the stadium, through easy access to transportation infrastructure including the nearby Doha Metro stations.”
Eng. Mohemed Ahmed, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Project Manager for Khalifa International Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City said: “This is a huge step for Khalifa International Stadium. It has taken a lot of hard work to ensure this redeveloped facility meets stringent sustainability targets.
“The stadium scored particularly highly in several areas, including its location, the proximity of public transport, sourcing materials regionally and the fact it was renovated and redeveloped to the highest international standards rather than being built from scratch as a brand new facility.”
The award from GORD – a Qatar-based organisation – means the SC is also supporting a local company as it continues to make regular progress towards 2022. Ahmed added: “We are pleased to work with both Aspire Zone Foundation – the delivery organisation for Khalifa International Stadium, and GORD in establishing a sustainable legacy not only in Qatar, but across the region.”
Federico Addiechi, Head of Sustainability at FIFA, said: “Greener stadiums are essential for the sustainability and legacy of FIFA World Cups and that is why FIFA expanded its requirements, making sustainability certification mandatory for all stadiums. As part of this process, we analysed and approved the GSAS standard chosen by the Supreme Committee and are very pleased to see that the redevelopment of the Khalifa stadium has already fulfilled the requirements for provisional certification."
The SC requires every proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ stadium be awarded a minimum four-star GSAS rating in order to meet FIFA sustainability requirements for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ competition venues. Al Wakrah Stadium received a four-star rating for its design in 2015.
GSAS ratings for both Khalifa and Al Wakrah stadiums projects mean they are two of the most sustainably designed stadiums in the Middle East and North Africa region. The provisional rating for Khalifa, which is set to be the first 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ stadium to have LED lighting system, was awarded by letter of compliance. The final certificate will be awarded once the stadium has been constructed and undergone further inspections.
GSAS is a green building certification system. It was established in 2009 with collaboration from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. The system took into consideration well-known international green building codes, applied expert composition and modified it to suit GCC countries’ climate and traditions.
When making an assessment, GORD takes the following into consideration: urban connectivity, sites, energy, water, materials, indoor environment, cultural and economic value and management and operations.
In the last two years the SC has arranged for 35 employees to take part in the GSAS professional Accreditation scheme, and some of those have taken an exam to become GSAS Certified Green Professionals.
Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, Al Rayyan Stadium has been awarded the Stadium Design of the Year Award at the 2016 World Stadium Congress in Doha.
Abdulla Al Fehani, Al Rayyan Stadium Project Manager at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, received the award announced by a judging panel that included Stadia Magazine Editor Matt Ross and Tim Brouw, Stadium and Tournament Consultant. “It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of the Supreme Committee and a reconfirmation of our commitment to excellence in creating innovative designs which incorporate the culture, heritage and needs of the local community,” Al Fehani told www.sc.qa after the award ceremony held on Tuesday evening in Doha.
“The stadium construction is making good progress and we will continue to ensure that the Al Rayyan community is incorporated in all stages of the construction and legacy planning of this stadium, as they have been from the very beginning of this exciting project. “We are creating not just a sports stadium for one of Qatar’s best supported sides, but also a community hub which will be used on a daily basis by families in this area. We believe that this innovative approach is also encapsulated in the design of this stadium.” Progress on site at Al Rayyan Stadium is advancing with the club’s new training grounds set for completion to be used for the coming Qatar Stars League season.
The upper tiers of the 40,000 seater stadium will be demounted after the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in order to retain 20,000 seats in legacy mode. The resulting space will be used by different sports federations.
Al Rayyan Stadium, a proposed host venue through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, achieved a significant milestone as the first concrete was poured at the location of the stadium’s West Stand five weeks ahead of schedule. The concrete pouring signifies the commencement of a new phase in the construction of the stadium of one of Qatar’s most popular sports clubs, after starting the foundation excavation.
Engineer Youssif Al-Musleh, Competition Venues Deputy Executive Director at the Technical Delivery Office of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), highlighted the importance of reaching this construction stage at Al Rayyan Stadium: "We are pleased with the progress being made today on the site of Al Rayyan Stadium, which will be the home of Al Rayyan Sports Club, with one of the biggest fan bases in Qatar. Following the recent completion of the training sites for the team, the concrete pouring today is another significant step forward towards the completion of the stadium by 2019." Over 100,000 m3 of concrete and 6,700 tonnes of structural steel will be used during this phase of the project. The area surrounding the stadium has also seen major progress in recent weeks with the completion of excavation for the metro by Qatar Rail. Works on the road connecting the stadium with the nearby mall and other services surrounding the precinct are also nearing completion.
Approximately 1.75 million man-hours without lost time incidents (LTI) have been completed on site. Al Rayyan’s sporting heritage and Qatar’s environment is reflected in the design of the stadium. The façade will feature a multitude of local patterns and designs, which draw on Qatari culture. Featuring an innovative exterior design, it also aims to create a sense of place unique to Al Rayyan in particular, and more generally to the culture of Qatar and the Middle East. Most of the hospitality and service areas will be located outside the stadium in dune-like structures, which resemble the sand dunes that surround desert tents.
Sustainability is at the heart of the design, beginning with the deconstruction of the old stadium, with 90 per cent of the materials resulting from the deconstruction being re-used. Some of the materials will be used by local and international artists to create works of public art which reflect the history of Al Rayyan Sports Club. The local community was consulted about the design and legacy of this project with the SC making eight majlis visits in the area. The venue will serve in legacy as a hub for the local community, with the area surrounding the stadium including retail, and aquatics centre, walkways and a wedding hall.
The Workers Cup, held in Doha, Qatar, conveys the power of football by offering an opportunity for workers involved in building 2022 FIFA World Cup™ infrastructure to be a part of a unique footballing event. Sponsored by the Supreme Committee, the body tasked with the delivery of infrastructure required for the country to host an historic World Cup, the competition offers the chance to show appreciation of those who have worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth-running of Qatar 2022. FIFA, working closely with the Supreme Committee, is dedicated to ensuring sustainable and fair conditions for all workers in Qatar, while also making sure their human rights are respected and safeguarded. FIFA remains wholly committed to ensuring the rights and welfare of workers in Qatar continue to be protected and that the mechanisms put in place for the construction of World Cup infrastructure continue to go in the right direction. The latest Workers Cup, which was won by Taleb Group after a gripping penalty shoot-out and witnessed by 11,050 fans, also acted as a platform to bring to the fore stories of many unsung heroes currently working in the Arabian Peninsula. They include Taleb Group-winning centre-half Jerry Ayitey, who had suffered a career-ending injury a decade ago while playing for Ghana Premier League side Sekondi Hasaacas FC. FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who witnessed the tournament when visiting Qatar, said: “It was an amazing event showing once again the power of football. It is fantastic to see the passion of the workers. I want to take this opportunity to pay my respect and gratitude to the workers helping shape the FIFA World Cup.” Learn more about this innovative and inspiring event by watching the above video.