Exclusive: UK firm appointed as cost consultant on project that promises to be ‘first carbon neutral World Cup’

Foster's Lusail stadium, Qatar

Foster’s Lusail stadium, Qatar

Gardiner & Theobald has landed the role of lead cost consultant on the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

It is the most significant win for a UK firm so far on the mammoth project, which involves building 11 air-conditioned football stadiums from scratch, as well as related infrastructure.

Qatar will spend an estimated £3.1bn on stadiums and related works for the World Cup – the first time the tournament will be staged in the Middle East - according to UK Trade & Investment.

Gardiner & Theobald (G&T) said its works will include “several iconic stadiums together with associated precincts, training camps and ancillary facilities”.

It said it currently had 15 people working on the project.

The firm will also provide sustainability advice to the Qataris to help them stage “the first carbon neutral World Cup”.

Qatar is investing millions in cutting-edge stadium designs and renewable energy technologies in order to stage football matches in one of the world’s hottest and most arid countries.

The G&T contract is the latest major win for UK firms in Qatar, which is also spending about £85bn on infrastructure to get ready to host the World Cup. Building revealed in April that UK engineer Arup and consultant EC Harris are working on the Qatar World Cup project as part of the CH2M-led consortium leading construction of the scheme.

Mace, Turner & Townsend, Hyder, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll and URS are all delivering or bidding for work in Qatar.

Nick Baird, chief executive of UK Trade and Investment - which classes Qatar as a “high value opportunity” for UK business - said the G&T win was further evidence of the “proud and historic relationship” between the UK and Qatar.

G&T said its project team on the World Cup – which is based out of the client office in Al Bida Tower in Doha – includes secondees from London, Glasgow and its Central and Eastern Europe business.

Garrie Renucci is the lead partner managing the project for G&T. The company said Renucci has “many years” experience working with the Qataris, including five years of experience working with Qatari Diar, the developer behind London’s Shard.

G&T’s director of environment Richard Francis is advising on sustainability.