A company headquartered in Guangdong has announced that it will help create the first ever “detachable, mobile and recyclable” stadium in the history of the World Cup. China International Marine Container Group (CIMC) will supply 990 shipping containers for the 40,000 seater arena, which will host games at the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
Plans for the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the “first ever fully demountable World Cup stadium”, were initially revealed back in November last year, but CIMC declared it had won the contract to supply the key construction elements earlier this week. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren Architects, the Doha-based stadium could potentially be broken down after the World Cup games and reconfigured into several smaller stadia, kind of like reworking a Lego set.
“Strictly speaking, we are not ‘building’ but ‘producing’ this stadium”, says project manager Wang Fei on the CIMC website. “The prefabricated modular structure makes it possible to use less material and give rise to less waste and emissions, and three years may be saved for the whole construction.”
As we’ve already noted, China is at the World Cup in Russia in a big way. And with Chinese sponsorship on the rise and China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd already involved in the main stadium, it seems there’ll be a strong Chinese presence at the next tournament as well.
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