UK firms net $1.6bn Qatar World Cup contracts
Doha, August 25, 2014
British construction firms have won infrastructure contracts worth £1 billion ($1.65 billion) including roads and drainage network besides hotel and museum projects linked to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
The biggest contract worth £316 million was clinched by Carillion for the latest stage of developing downtown Doha, reported the dailyrecord.uk.
Awarded in December 2011, just days after the country won the bid to host the World Cup in 2022, the contract will see the firm build a five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, offices and apartments.
Engineering consultants Hyder Consulting last year won a £67 million contract to design a section of £3 billion expressway in Qatar.
The project has been described as the “M25 of the Middle East” by company boss Ivor Catto.
Engineering consultancy and design firm Atkins was awarded a £65 million five-year contract in 2011 to improve roads and drainage in Doha by the Qatar Public Works Authority.
Builders Balfour Beatty are shareholders in BK Gulf, who are carrying out electrical and plumbing work on the £360 million National Museum of Qatar.
Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald is working on the new Centre of Arabic Studies. They also designed and built a 500-seater mini demonstration stadium for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.