The first FIFA World Cup™ to be held in the Middle East is one step closer to reality as the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee have appointed CH2M HILL- a global full-service consulting, programme management, design, construction, and operations firm to ensure the successful delivery of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has direct responsibility for building competition venues, including the proposed stadiums and training sites, while also maintaining coordination for non-competition venues required by FIFA, in addition to major infrastructure works such as the New Doha International Airport and the proposed nationwide metro network.
The multi-phase, rigorous procurement process took over six months to complete. After a pre-qualification process, six multi-national firms were invited to submit bids. Multiple global and local consultants and legal firms assisted the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee to ensure a fully transparent and well-managed procurement process.
Commenting on the appointment, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said, “The appointment process for this contract began immediately after winning the bid in December 2010. We were cognizant of the importance of ensuring that the correct foundations were put in place at the start of our journey toward 2022. We studied all the proposals with the utmost care in order to ensure that we selected the right partner. While the proposals we received from those companies that made the shortlist were impressive, it was important to us that the appointed company met the set criteria we had in mind, in addition to complimenting and understanding the vision of our committee. We believe that CH2M HILL is the ideal partner."
Al Thawadi added, "Our work with CH2M HILL in delivering a successful World Cup will require cooperation with and assistance from local stakeholders and partners, from both the public and private sectors. The road ahead will be challenging. Today's appointment is a key initial milestone on our journey."
CH2M HILL’s role will continue for two years after the tournament to ensure implementation of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee's legacy commitments.
The 30,000-employee CH2M HILL has more than 300 offices globally, including a footprint of 2,000 staff in the Middle East, of which 200 are based in Qatar. Mobilisation of the key and core programme management team will start in mid-February.
“We are proud to contribute our global programme management experience to help deliver a landmark 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar. Our team brings a proven track record that will assist the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee in delivering world-class facilities in a sustainable manner,” said Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Technical Director, Yasir Al Jamal, said, “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with CH2M HILL. Over the next six months we will be working together to develop our road map, which will provide us with delivery timelines for the projects that will occupy us in the coming ten years."