By Elizabeth Broomhall
WSP and Atkins are hoping to involved in stadium builds and infrastructure projects
Two of the Gulf’s most prominent engineering consultancy firms have said they are confident about winning contracts in Qatar in the lead up to the World Cup 2022.
WSP and Atkins, both of which already have a presence in Qatar, are hoping to be involved in some of the state’s largest projects coming online now that FIFA has named its host country.
Speaking to Construction Week, Atkins’ country director for Qatar, Gordon Jack, confirmed the company’s involvement in World Cup projects already, and referred to a focus on infrastructure developments in the future.
“We are already working with several Qatari Government bodies on projects that have a program that are related to the World Cup,” he said.
“We see the impact of the World Cup win as an opportunity for us to increase our involvement in rail and infrastructure projects and to reinvigorate the building construction program.”
At the same time, executives from specialist stadium builder WSP, which was involved in the construction of the grounds for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, hinted at plans to approach Qatar with innovative ideas for the stadiums.
“We have been approaching Qatar with caution as we recognised that the market there - in respect to what WSP do - was going to be impacted by the World Cup,” said WSP’s managing director for the Middle East Tom Bower.
“We will now be looking to expand our thinking in line with the opportunities the market presents. We have been in South Africa for quite a few years and due to our experience in stadia, hospitality and infrastructure the World Cup there provided us with all sorts of opportunities.
“There are one or two projects directly related to the World Cup which WSP are bidding for and these have now risen up the priority list for the clients as they appear to have been waiting for this decision to really get going.”For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.