US-based CH2M Hill has been appointed by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee as programme management consultant for the delivery of stadiums and sporting facilities for the 2022 World Cup.
CH2M Hill will have direct responsibility for the construction of stadium and sporting facilities, and will have a monitoring and supervision role for non-sporting facilities, such as the Fifa headquarters and infrastructure schemes.
The US firm will be in charge of managing the $4bn programme to build nine new stadiums and upgrade three existing ones. Each stadium will hold at least 45,000 people, and the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will be used for opening and final matches, will have a capacity of 80,000 people.
CH2M Hill saw off competition from five other programme management firms to win the contract from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, which was set up in April 2011 under the presidency of Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to oversee preparations for hosting the tournament.
The programme manager will work with the Supreme Committee over the next six months to develop a road map, which will provide delivery timelines for all of the projects required to be built in preparation for the event in 2022. CH2M Hill will start mobilising its team in Doha before the end of February and its contract will run until two years after the completion of the tournament to assist the Supreme Committee implement post-tournament legacy plans.
Qatar has pledged to spend upward of $60bn over the next 10 years to complete the projects required for it to host the tournament. In addition to the sporting infrastructure, Doha has committed to spending $20bn on developing road infrastructure and $35bn on a comprehensive rail network.