WSP meets PIF to support Saudi's Vision 2030 and gigaprojects

Director of property and buildings, Dean McGrail, says WSP and PIF are working together on a project in Saudi Arabia

Saudi's King Abdullah Financial District is one of the spots WSP's Dean McGrail visited in Feb 2019.
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Saudi's King Abdullah Financial District is one of the spots WSP's Dean McGrail visited in Feb 2019.

WSP’s director of property and buildings, Dean McGrail, visited high-profile companies and buildings in Riyadh last month as the Canadian construction consultancy looks to support the country's Crown Prince HRH Mohammed Bin Salman-backed Vision 2030 strategy.

McGrail visited the offices of Public Investment Fund (PIF) and King Abdullah Financial District, and toured the fourth-tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia, Al Faisaliah Centre, during a tour of the country in February 2019.

He told Construction Week that WSP is working alongside PIF on a project that cannot be named due to commercial sensitivities.

Commenting on McGrail’s visit to Saudi Arabia, WSP told Construction Week in an emailed statement: “WSP is currently working on a number of projects in [Saudi] and [we] are exploring further opportunities to support the kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy”.

WSP's visit to Saudi Arabia comes as work advances on Saudi Arabia's multibillion-dollar gigaprojects.

Through large-scale developments, such as the futuristic city Neom, entertainment city Qiddiya, the ultra-luxury The Red Sea Project, and eco-tourism megaprojects in the ancient Al-Ula region, the Crown Prince-backed PIF hopes to transform the social, cultural, and economic landscape of Saudi Arabia in the years to come. 

Meanwhile, the Canadian company’s portfolio of completed work in Saudi Arabia includes the provision of design review, quality surveillance, and site supervision services for Saudi Electricity Company’s Rabigh PP2 oil-fired power plant, among numerous other schemes. 

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