Perkins Eastman composes 20,000 sq m scheme for Lekhwiya Football Club
The New York office of international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman and design-build contractor Al Khayyat Contracting & Trading EST join with the Private Engineering Office of the Emir to celebrate the start of construction for the 19,529 sq m (210,210 sq ft) Lekhwiya Sports Complex - a mixed-use sports venue that will be the home stadium for Qatar's premier football team, Lekhwiya Club. The complex also will be used as a training site and home base for a guest team participating in the 2022 World Cup.
Designed in collaboration with ECG, Pieper Sports Facility Consulting, and Site Concepts International, the Lekhwiya Sports Complex will serve as an identifiable icon for the home club, while its mix of uses will provide for a variety of experiences for players, fans, and sponsors alike. The complex was designed to meet the business and operational goals of a world-class sports and entertainment complex and contributes to the architectural vitality of Qatar's largest city and its growing reputation as the region's sports capital.
As part of a larger athletic development underway for the 2022 World Cup taking place in Doha, Qatar, the first phase of the Lekhwiya Sports Complex will include a 5,574 sq m (60,000 sq ft) 10,000-spectator football stadium, practice facilities, and training fields to be complete by August 2012. The second phase will include a 12,004 sq m (129,210 sq ft) 75-key hotel, mosque, multi-sport arena, and related amenities.