London 2012 delivery partner to play key role in Qatar 2022 World Cup
Sunday, 19 February 2012
February 19 - The American company who have overseen the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park have been announced as a key strategic partner of Qatar's preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
CH2M HILL were chosen by the Qatar Supreme Committee following a lengthy selection process involving a handful of shortlisted multi-national candidates.
The United States-based firm, who have been working on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics since August 2006 and been credited with ensuring that the venues have been built on time and on budget, will provide a full consulting, programme management, design, construction and operations programme to ensure that organisation of the first ever World Cup staged in the Middle East runs smoothly.
Commenting on the appointment, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general, Hassan Al Thawadi (pictured above) said, "The appointment process for this contract began immediately after winning the bid in December 2010."
"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."
CH2M HILL's role will continue for two years after the tournament to make sure legacy pledges are properly implemented.
"Our work with CH2M HILL in planning and delivering a successful World Cup will require cooperation with, and assistance from local stakeholders and partners from both public and private sectors," said Al Thawadi.
"The road ahead will be challenging.
"Today's appointment is a key initial milestone on our journey."
The 30,000-employee CH2M HILL has more than 300 offices globally, including 2,000 staff in the Middle East of whom 200 are based in Qatar, the tiny Gulf state which, as well as hosting the 2022 World Cup, also wants to stage the 2020 Olympics and is due to unveil specific details of its recently submitted bid at a high-profile news conference in Doha tomorrow.
Creating FIFA-approved stadiums that meet all the relevant criteria and do not turn into white elephants is one of Qatar's most important World Cup challenges.
"We are proud to contribute our global programme management experience to help deliver a landmark 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar," said Lee McIntire, chairman and chief executive of CH2M HILL.
"Our team brings a proven track record that will assist the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee in delivering world-class facilities in a sustainable manner."