A shopping mall in Zimbabwe is being constructed by more than 60 containers, drawing inspiration from Qatar World Cup’s 974 Stadium
The iconic 2022 World Cup venue 974 Stadium has become an inspiration for a shopping mall in Zimbabwe.
Stadium 974 is setting a trend
Bentach Resources’s latest project in Gweru, Kudzanayi Bus Terminus Plaza (KBT Plaza), which is a shopping mall, will be built using more than 60 containers.
“We have created cubical shops from shipping containers. We were inspired by Stadium 974 built in Doha, Qatar for the 2022 World Cup and thought of putting up a shopping mall in Gweru that is made up of shipping containers,” said Bentach Resources project manager, David Kudakwashe, according to reports.
Stadium 974 was built with 974 shipping containers. It was built entirely of recycled shipping containers, and was dismantled when the scheduled games in the World Cup in the venue ended.
Kudakwashe, claims that the shopping mall inspired by the 974 has been practically built and will be filled with 50 shop owners in two weeks.
“We were inspired by Stadium 974 built in Doha, Qatar for the 2022 World Cup“
“It’s practically complete, we are now just putting some final touches, so that the place is comfortable for our tenants, by the first of March we will be fully functional but we will give tenants a two-week grace period to set up without paying their rentals,” the project manager said.
Kudakwashe revealed that the Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of the Gweru economy will be changed going forward.
“This project is going to be a game changer to how our SMEs trade, the complex of this nature is a first of its kind in the country. However, container conversions are not anything new, it is not something that we have come up with, but we have extended and extrapolated to fulfil the need of our SME market. This is something new and can be a game changer in terms of space for SMEs,” he detailed.