Qatar needs to think beyond 2022, says expert

Qatar must bear long term goals in mind when building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, says Tangram Qatar’s general manager Nigel Eckersall.

“We’re not designing for 2022, but for 2030,” said Eckersall, speaking at a recent architecture roundtable hosted by Construction Week Qatar.

He added: “2022 is part of that vision will but will not drive the vision. A clear example is we have some development reviews around potential transport hubs, so we are looking at the appropriate scale and mix of the development to ensure that the development can handle peak events such as the FIFA World Cup, but operate and offer viable mixed-use communities for the purpose of the site, which is offering a sustainable development opportunity with a lifespan of 100 years.”

Eckersall addressed the importance of ensuring that public transportation hubs were designed with the larger residential communities in mind, ensuring that it is still a viable means of transport even during the hotter summer months.

Other key areas addressed included the ability to design the World Cup infrastructure with the longer vision in mind, in particular with the hospitality sector.

Recognising the demand which will come from a visiting FIFA World Cup crowd, hotels will need to be able to cater for a demand for simple fast food and accommodation but then have the ability to revert to suit Qatar’s more executive tourist and business market once fans have gone home.

“With my existing background in delivering hotels in Qatar we are would suggest that hotels must have two design phases – one for the World Cup, offering a large all-day dining experience with minimal speciality dining offers and then after the event being able to adapt to offer a second fit out for speciality restaurants.”

by William Skidmore, Aug 27, 2012