Qatar build-up \ unprecedented\ : London 2012 man.
The scale of the infrastructure build-up to the 2022 World Cup is "unprecedented", said Ruari Maybank, who was heavily involved with the London 2012 Olympics.
"It is exciting and scary and needs excellent project management. There is only one chance to do a project of this scale, and so you have to make sure you get it right the first time."
Maybank is director of planning and integration at the Central Planning Office (CPO) in Doha, Qatar. He was delivering a keynote address at the CW Infrastructure Qatar Conference held at the Grand Hyatt in Doha on 5 December.
A project director at Atkins and a consultant in Qatar, Maybank addressed the challenges facing the 2022 World Cup in the light of his experience with the London 2012 Olypmics.
"Qatar possibly has the highest use of cars in the world, after North America. It needs multi-modal transport to meet the needs of the World Cup."
Maybank explained that the CPO has been established within the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning. "Our focus is very much on achieving the 2030 Vision, providing sustainable and effective intermodal transport.
"We are working closely with government agencies and developers to ensure transport is designed in such a way it adds value to investments by private developers, so it is integrated and adds value and is accessible.
"It is very much our aim to work with delivery agencies. The design of the public realm is very important to that."
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