May 16, 2020

The countdown begins: The construction firms behind the World Cup stadiums in Qatar

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The countdown begins: The construction firms behind Qatar's World Cup stadiums
Earlier this week, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) announced it will decide how many stadiums it intends to host the 2022 F...

Earlier this week, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) announced it will decide how many stadiums it intends to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in, by the end of this year. In the meantime, Construction Global takes a look at the contracting and consulting firms lined up to construct the five stadiums Qatari organisers have announced so far.

The stadiums are listed in the order they were announced, based on a report by Reuters.

Al Wakrah Stadium

Location: Al Wakrah

Construction start date: Third quarter (Q3) 2015

Estimated completion: Q1 2018

Project Management Consultant: KEO International Consultants

Main Construction Contractor: To be decided

Designer and Engineering Consultants: AECOM

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects

Al Bayt Stadium

Location: Al Khor Municipality

Construction start date: Q4 2015

Estimated completion: Q3 2018

Project Management Consultant: Projacs

Main Construction Contractor: Joint venture of Galfar Al Misnad, Salini Impregilo Group and Cimolai.

Designer and Engineering Consultants: Dar Al-Handasah

Khalifa International Stadium

Location: Al Rayyan municipality

Construction start date: Q2 2014

Estimated completion: Q2 2017

Project Management Consultant: Projacs

Main Construction Contractor: Joint venture between Midmac Contracting and Six Construct

Designer and Engineering Consultants: Dar Al-Handasah

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Location: Education City, Al Rayyan Municipality

Construction Start Date: Q2 2013

Estimated Completion: Q3 2019

Project Management Consultant: ASTAD Project Management

Main Construction Contractor: To be decided

Designer and Engineering Consultants: FIA Fenwick Iribarren Architects

Al Rayyan Stadium

Location: Al Rayyan Municipality

Construction start date: Q1 2016

Estimated completion: Q1 2019

Project Management Consultant: AECOM

Main Construction Contractor: To be decided

Designer and Engineering Consultants: Ramboll and Pattern

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Jun 17, 2021

Webuild and Lane to build railway in Texas

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Italian construction firm Webuild and its U.S. subsidiary Lane Construction sign a US$16bn contract to build a railway in Texas

Webuild, formerly known as Salini Impregilo, has announced a US$16bn agreement to build a high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston in Texas. The project has been described as the “final step” before financial closure for the company, which Webuild said was“foreseen in the coming months”. 

Passengers using the 236-mile long railway, which was developed by Texas LLC, will travel in Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains at 200mph, making one scheduled stop at Brazos Valley near Texas A&M University. This aims to shorten the total journey time between the two terminals from almost four hours to around 90 minutes, Texas LLC claims. The company hopes commercial operations will begin in 2026. 

According to Webuild, the new line will aim to target an estimated 100,000 “super commuters” who travel between the two cities by car and plane every week. Webuild said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 101,000 tonnes per year.

This contract is an update on a preliminary design-build agreement signed with Texas Central LLC in 2019, valued at $14bn. The deal confirms the US as Webuild's single biggest market, comprising some 35% of the group’s total order backlog.

Around 17,000 new direct jobs will be created as a result of the project, as well as 20,000 indirect ones. U.S. suppliers from states aim to provide an estimated US$7.3bn of materials to construct the railway in conjunction with services provided by Italian suppliers. 

Webuild and Lane will oversee the civil engineering works of the project. This includes the tracks themselves, the viaducts, and depot buildings. 

Three facts about bullet trains 

  • The fastest commercially operated bullet train is not in Japan, but China. It is capable of reaching speeds of up to 268mph… with passengers onboard. 
  • Bullet trains are one of the safest ways to travel. Over 10bn passengers have been on board a bullet train and no-one has ever been killed on one. 
  • The “tunnel boom effect” is powerful enough to blow a freight train over. When a bullet train exits a tunnel at over 200mph, the resulting sonic boom effect is so strong, it could blow a normal freight train off its tracks.

 

Image: Texas Central LLC.

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