Published On:October 23 2011
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UK firms in running to manage Qatar 2022 projects
Qatar will award a management contract next month to oversee construction projects for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament.
More than six companies are vying for the contract expected to be awarded in November including British construction consultants Arup, Mace and Turner International.
The source said that it is a lump sum contract for 13 years and will be awarded to one team comprised of about 50 people. A lot of firms have teamed up with each other, to make sure they have the best quality resources. It is a big deal, so the usual suspects are pitching for it.
Britain's Mace separately confirmed in an interview that it was in the running for the Qatar soccer project and expected a decision before December. The Gulf Arab country last December won the bid to host the 2022 soccer tournament, and is preparing to build housing, infrastructure, transport and sport facilities for the event.
Industry commentators said that the program management contract would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the winning group to oversee the construction of the stadia as well as awarding contracts to builders.
Mr Nasser Al Khater 2022 Supreme Committee Spokesman said that 'The program manager will coordinate with all government agencies on the large projects. We want to make sure that close coordination is done early on and that systems are in place, so we do not have to go back and make changes later.'
The committee has said that the program manager will also bring on board consultants, contractors and suppliers. Qatar will spend USD 4bn to host the event including the cost of constructing stadia. Stadia are estimated to cost between USD 200 million and USD 400 million each to build. The country will build nine new stadia and renovate three existing facilities.