British firms favourites for Qatar 2022

British construction consultants Arup and Mace are the two hot favourites out of six groups battling to oversee the build of the $8.2bn 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar.

Qatari authorities have based the construction of a dozen new stadiums and up to 92 training facilities on the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Partner (ODP) model. Mace, the £850m-turnover company behind London's Shard, was a member of the ODP and is the head of a consortium that is thought to include Middle Eastern companies.

Arup is part of a team led by the American giant CH2M Hill, which was in the ODP team alongside Mace and British construction company Laing O'Rourke. The remaining teams are led by huge companies from the US: KBR, Turner International, WorleyParsons, and Aecom.

The competition, which has been running since April with virtually no publicity, is expected to end in the first week of November when a programme manager will be selected. A bidder said: "I am told that the Qataris would like to make an announcement before the second Eid [there are two Eid festivals in the Muslim calendar], which is 6-9 of November."

Hassan al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's supreme committee running the 2022 World Cup, said earlier this month that he hoped to have a team in place by December. He did not name the bidders, but claimed to be interviewing "the very best global companies for this role".

A source close to the bidding process said he thought that the Mace- and CH2M Hill-led consortia were "head-to-head" as a result of their work on the 2012 Olympics. Although the London budget nearly quadrupled as a result of poor estimates during the bid process, the ODP team has been praised for keeping the games within the revised £9.4bn cost projection.

A programme management or delivery partner role is very different from that of a traditional construction company. Though it might undertake some of the construction itself, the programme manager essentially assigns work to contractors and ensures that costs are kept tight. They are typically rewarded for construction coming in under budget by receiving a percentage of those savings.

Qatar was awarded the World Cup in a contest in Zurich last December. The award surprised the sport as the tournament is always held during European's off-season in June and July.

Temperatures in Qatar can reach 50C in the summer, making conditions virtually unplayable, particularly for the European nations. However, in its bid book last year, Qatar convinced Fifa, the sport's world organising body, that it could find environmentally friendly ways of cooling the stadiums. Qatar has since promised to hand over the cooling technology to countries that would otherwise not be able to host similar competitions due to their climate.

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the second wife of the Emir of Qatar, successfully presented the state's pitch to host the World Cup. She demanded that Fifa should recognise that the sport was global and it was right for a Middle Eastern country to finally host the competition. In previous World Cups, Qatar had always failed to make it through the qualifying competition to reach the tournament proper.

Qatar hopes to have its first World Cup stadium ready and running by 2015, with the initial major project work under way early next year.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisors are r...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....

Recruitment Genius: Compliance Manager

£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Compliance Manager is require...

SThree: Talent Acquisition Consultant

£22500 - £27000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: Since our inception in 1986, STh...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map