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Train4TradeSkills News: UK firms bid to be a part of Qatar 2022 World Cup

UK Construction firm on shortlist for World Cup in Qatar

Mace has emerged as one of the favourites to build stadiums and infrastructure in Qatar ahead of the World Cup, which is due to be staged in the country in 11 years time.

The UK contractors are one of the five companies battling it out for the £5.2 billion contract build 12 new stadiums and an estimated 90 training facilities in Qatar ahead of the World Cup.

Competing with Mace for the chance to win the huge contract for Qatar 2022 is UK company Arup, who are joint-bidding with US-firm C2HM Hill, and American construction companies Aecom, Turner International and WorleyParsons.

London Olympics the “blueprint for the construction industry”

Mace are basing their plans on the London Olympics, and using that pedigree in the hope it will win them further work.

The work on the 2012 Olympics in London has been immortalised online and been transformed into an online Olympic learning legacy portal and hailed as the “blueprint for the construction industry”.

The website will act as an online library for contractors to refer the documents to base future projects on. The Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt said:

“The learning legacy framework is the embodiment of a new benchmark that has been created in delivering Europe’s largest construction project to the ultimate deadline and within budget.”

“The scale and speed of the coordinated UK effort to build the venues and infrastructure is unprecedented and the knowledge and lessons gained during construction will both benefit the industry and act as a catalyst for inward investment.”

 

CIOB’s move to Middle East could boost construction activity ahead of 2022 World Cup

The construction industry is booming in the Middle East and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) plan to take advantage of this by opening a new office in Dubai.

The global construction industry is expected to grow by 70% in the next decade, with forecasts predicting it will be worth $12 trillion in 2020, compared to $7.2 trillion today. That’s why the CIOB have swooped in, to try and create jobs for UK contractors in the area.

The CIOB plans to use its new foothold in Dubai to launch new initiatives and construction projects across Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The CIOB’s Head of International, Amy Gough says that, “The expectation is that China, India and Eastern Europe will be the new magnets for construction activity.”

Ms Gough continued to say that, “we are still seeing our own members , and other construction professionals, migrate towards the Middle East.”

It is no surprise that the Middle East and countries like India and China are booming, as they are two of the world’s fastest growing countries and the next two big superpowers. A report published this month by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics found that China and India are expected to contribute half of the $4.8 trillion increase over the next nine years.

Stadium designs for 2022 World Cup

The other benefit of companies like the CIOB having a base in the Middle East is the arrival of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It may be over a decade away, but UK construction firms could have a big part to play in helping the country get ready for the world’s biggest sporting event.

It may have not been a popular choice for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup among football experts, but it could have a similar effect to the 2012 Olympics, in terms of creating work and jobs for contractors abroad.

What do you think about the CIOB’s move to Dubai? Let us know on the Train4TradeSkills Facebook and Twitter pages.

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