Wadad hachichou – Doha Qatar
Education City Stadium has become the first Qatar 2022 tournament venue to receive a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).
The prestigious award, considered a mark of excellence in sustainability, design and construction, was presented by the Founding Chairman of the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), Dr Yousef Al Horr, to Jassim Telefat, Executive Director of the Technical Delivery Office at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
GORD presented three certificates to the SC for Education City Stadium: GSAS Design & Build (five stars), GSAS Construction Management Class A* and GSAS Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The awards recognise Qatar’s commitment to delivering sustainable infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, along with a long-lasting tournament legacy.
Also in attendance at the awards ceremony was Eng. Bodour Al Meer, the SC’s Sustainability & Environment Senior Manager, along with senior members of the project management team, plus representatives from GORD, ASTAD and the main contractor.
Speaking after the ceremony, Eng. Bodour said: “This prestigious award is a clear indicator that we are delivering on our commitment to sustainability and green building; it is a proud moment for everyone that has worked on this very special project.”
A proposed quarter-final venue in 2022, Education City Stadium – known as the ‘Diamond in the Desert – features a range of sustainability features, including direct access to public transport via the Education City tram system link to Doha Metro; low toxicity indoor materials which provide a healthy indoor environment and LED sports lighting which offers better light quality at lower energy consumption. In addition, 85% of building materials for the stadium were regionally sourced, while 29% were generated from recycled materials.
The soon-to-be inaugurated stadium also boasts carbon dioxide sensors for high occupant density spaces to ensure ventilation and indoor air quality, and a water efficient irrigation design to minimise landscape water consumption.
All Qatar’s stadiums are mandated to receive a minimum four-star rating from GSAS, which was adopted as the sustainability rating system by FIFA and will ensure all tournament-related infrastructure meets stringent standards.
Education City Stadium’s main contractor – and GSAS service provider – is a joint venture between J&P Qatar WLL, Conspel Qatar WLL, J&P Avax SA and J&P Overseas Ltd. ASTAD is fulfilling the roles of project management, construction management and construction supervision.