The groundbreaking ceremony for the Al Wakrah Stadium. (SC)

(WFI) The second phase of construction of the Al Wakrah stadium is now underway. 

A special ceremony was held on May 19 to commemorate the groundbreaking of the Al Wakrah Stadium.

Qatari contracting company HBK has started the major excavation process in preparations for the foundations to be laid in September. The second phase of construction is scheduled to be finished in March 2015.

The Al Wakrah Stadium, located 15km south of Doha, is the first proposed host venue to be delivered ahead of the Qatar World Cup, as well as the future home for the Al Wakrah Sports Club.

The stadium will be surrounded by a 560,000 m2 (60-hectare) precinct, complete with a new sports centre and community hub.

It will be fitted with modular, removeable seats, so up to 40,000 spectators can watch the World Cup.

After the tournament, Qatar will consult with FIFA and continental football federations about plans to remove, reconfigure, and donate 20,000 stadium seats to countries in need of sporting infrastructure.

Qatar 2022 says a natural grass pitch will be cooled to an optimal temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Spectator stands will be cooled to a “supremely comfortable” 24-28 degrees Celsius.

AECOM designed Al Wakrah Stadium in association with Zaha Hadid Architects. AECOM is the design consultant on the project, while KEO International Consultants is project manager.

Construction on Al Wakrah stadium is expected to reach completion in 2018.

New Qatar 2022 Website

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s new website went live on Monday. The committee is tasked with delivering stadiums and other infrastructure for the tournament.

The website – www.sc.qa – gives a brief timeline of Qatar’s World Cup bidding project and a video charting the milestones of their controversial campaign.

Amid global concerns about the conditions of migrant workers in Qatar, with building work starting on World Cup projects, the website also gives space to a section on Workers’ Welfare topped with a quote from SC secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi, Qatar 2022’s most high-profile official.

The committee said it “strongly believes that every worker deserves safe, healthy, and humane working and living conditions. We are committed to ensuring the welfare of all workers on our projects”.

Last week, the Qatar government made amendments to its Kafala system of tied employment, but it came in for criticism from the International Trade Union Confederation among others for not going far enough to remove restrictions on exit visas.

Under the Workers’ Welfare section, there are tabs labelled ‘charter and standards’, ‘accountability’, ‘consultation’, ‘outreach’ and a Q&A, with information about the health and safety of workers, workers’ payment issues and the checks that are being put in place to make sure contractors and sub-contractors don’t exploit workers.

By Andrew Murrell 

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