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Grimshaw wins Qatar sports facilities job

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[FIRST LOOK] Grimshaw has won an international competition to design a series of sports complexes across Qatar

The AJ100 practice defeated an unnamed shortlist to win the Qatar Olympic Committee-backed project.

The announcement came shortly after a leading commentator warned of ‘anxiety’ among British architects and consultants involved in projects in Qatar following the latest allegations of corruption linked to the World Cup 2022.

The outfit’s winning concept has been designed as a kit of parts which can be deployed anywhere within the Arab emirate.

Sports pitches, courts, outdoor children’s playgrounds, public amenities and social areas are all included in the design.

An elevated café will occupy the centre of each facility and fabric canopies are also planned to provide shade over seating and pathways.

Grimshaw partner Keith Brewis said: ‘We are delighted to know our design will create highly accessible informal public space that enriches social activities while also developing athletic talent within the local community.’

He continued: ‘This project provides an opportunity for Qatar to encourage all its residents to lead healthy lifestyles.’

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  • Corruption, whatever, 900 workers, kept in what basically amounts to slavery, have died building the world cup stadia so far.

    Not so healthy lifestyles for the workers likely to die building the thing.

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