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Dutch seek Qatar 2022 stadium dominance

Dutch contractors led by Bam International are leading the charge to build Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadiums.

A group of Dutch contractors has teamed up under the umbrella of Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) to push for work on facilities for the largest sports events, including  football World Cups and Olympic Games. The group was out in force at the unveiling of the design for the first stadium to be delivered in Doha this week.

Bam is playing a lead role and is strongly placed, having just completed Abu Dhabi’s 25,000 seat Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in just 18 months.

Product manager for stadiums Steven Wilbrenninck was part of the DSI team in Doha for the unveiling of the Al Wakrah stadium design and is keen for his firm to win at least one stadium contract. Between eight and 12 stadiums will be built for the World Cup.

“We want one stadium at least,” he said. “This stadium is pretty special.”

Tenders will be invited for five stadiums in the next 12 months, with Al Wakrah first out to tender next summer.

By then advance works will already be underway, said Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi.

“Today’s announcement constitutes the first in an upcoming series of progress-related events and initiatives as we enter the early phase of delivering the promises we made to Fifa and the international football community during the bid,” he said.

“We are at an advanced stage in our planning. Al Wakrah is the first of six stadiums already in the latter stages of the design process.

“The planning phase has been crucial and we have taken three years for that. Now we are moving into delivery mode and we are conscious of avoiding some of the negative elements of having a  concentration of stadium building activity in a short period of time. So we have a phased approach.

“But all our stadiums will be ready by 2021 – one year ahead of the 2022 tournament,” he said.

In 2014, tenders for early works, enabling works and main contractors for five stadiums will be issued. At Al Wakrah, advance works on the stadium site will begin in January, with the tender for the main contract issued in the second quarter of 2014. Construction proper will begin in the fourth quarter.

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