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​British companies win World Cup stadium contract in Qatar

Pascall Watson won a contract to participate in the development and renovation of the Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium

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British engineering company Pascall Watson won a contract to participate in the development and renovation of the Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium jointly with Ramboll and Icon, another Britain-based firm, according to the Qatari daily news website The Peninsula.

The renovations aim to increase the number of seats in the stadium from 22,000 to 40,000, and installation of an advanced air-conditioning system that will keep the temperature at 24 degrees Celsius, sources in the British companies said.

The seats can be removed and reinstalled in accordance with the number of spectators, the source added. Big screens will also be installed around the stadium.

Five stadiums for the World Cup will be under construction by the end of 2014, Hassan Al Thawadi, general secretary and head of the Supreme Committee for FIFA 2022 said.

Qatar had taken various steps for completing work on the stadiums before time, he added.

Al Rayyan arena is the second stadium after Al Wakra Stadium to have its design approved.