Representing a first for the construction of a major sports ground, the stadium would be effectively manufactured, said Wang Fei, project manager of the Yangzhou manufacturing base of CIMC. He added that by using container modules, the stadium’s construction time would be cut by three years.
One of 12 newly built stadiums for the next World Cup, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will span 450,000 square metres and accommodate 40,000 spectators. The sports ground will be seven storeys high and consist of 990 container modules.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium – Qatar.
Manufacturing work is scheduled to commence in July 2018 and to be completed in April 2019, with container modules shipping to Qatar in batches from October.
One key benefit of using containers is that the architecture can be dismantled and re-purposed for end uses such as public housing, eliminating the issue of dealing with a potentially redundant sporting venue once the World Cup is over.
It is understood CIMC has to date provided more than 35,000 hotel rooms and apartments for destinations in the United States, Britain, Japan, Australia and other countries and regions.
According to a guideline issued by China’s central government in 2016, China is committed to more supportive policies to promote the use of prefab construction, with the aim of making it account for 30 per cent of new buildings within about 10 years.■