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Key factors for success

on Jan 25, 2013

A panel of construction industry experts debated key success factors in building long-term relationships between stakeholders, a critical focus for the 2022 World Cup build-up, at the recent CW Qatar Infrastructure

The debate commenced with David Greenhalgh, Qatar country manager for Mott MacDonald, commenting that “we as an industry are all very keen to ensure that the future project delivery in Qatar is successful … I think we as an industry has a responsibility to help all elements of government and our clients to try and understand what we need to be able to make it work more effectively.”

Greenhalgh said it was critical that the construction industry be “aware of the challenge that lies ahead.” Essential requirements in this regard were “effective decision-making, having a clear vision, and on top of that a clear definition of roles and responsibilities so everyone understands where we are going.”

Looking briefly at the mega projects underway in Qatar at present, Greenhalgh said that the ambitious roads programme, for example, immediately highlighted such challenges: “If you look at Downtown Doha, the amount of roads that are going to be constructed, you can actually see the problems straightaway, namely construction in an urban fabric that is possibly not as mapped out or as understood as we would like it to be, so I believe the responsive interaction with all stakeholders is going to have to be really effective from day one, so that we manage and integrate traffic management systems, and manage service diversions.”

In terms of the Doha Metro programme, Greenhalgh said “the first five mega packages are being issued probably in the first quarter of 2013.

By the end of this year again we will have all the stations being built, we will have deliveries of materials, we have got spoils to be taken away; this is all going to be done inside an environment where the expressway programme will be undertaken during the same timeframe.”

Greenhalgh argued: “We also need to make sure we future-proof a lot of our major developments like at the New Doha International Airport and at Education City for the eventual arrival of the heavy rail network.

We have also got heavy rail connections to both Saudi Arabia and to Bahrain. We must ensure that whatever we do in the next five to six years does not compromise that long-term view at all, which is essential to the generation of the whole region.

“Obviously we cannot forget that to make this happen, we have got to have a major port facility, which is currently being built at Mesaieed.

Integrating this port into the network is very important. In addition to the port, there is also the Mesaieed Industrial City, which again is going to be a major generator of GDP and income for Qatar, and this needs to be fully integrated into all our plans going forward, and particularly it must have all the necessary connections such as power, water and other requirements.”

Greenhalgh said a lot of attention was also being paid to Qatar’s sewerage network ahead of the World Cup: “Hopefully by 2015 we will be able to deliver this deep sewerage gravity system that will modernise sewage treatment in Qatar.”

With such a range of mega projects underway, Greenhalgh said it was critical “that we as an industry need be able to manage this process effectively,” which requires “information and connectivity.

I do not think we can sit back and blame anyone for not putting systems in place. I think we have to be proactive, and we have to help everybody else make sure we get the information [that is required].”

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