Across Doha, a massive infrastructure programme is underway to prepare for the 2022 World Cup and truly transform the city. Some of the most critical developments are in transport, including the construction of a new four line metro system. With a 2018 deadline for completion, the joint venture developing one of the lines asked us to assess the project’s progress and to check compliance with their financial and commercial protocols.
We put together a small team with expertise across construction, quality control and commercial and finance management. They conducted detailed interviews with all the project management team, carrying out a detailed analysis of how they were managing a highly complex environment with very demanding deadlines.
We presented the board with a comprehensive report, setting out the key issues and risks we had identified. These included some cases of where protocols weren’t being followed, inefficiencies and poor performance in parts of the project, as well as skills gaps. We provided a series of recommendations on the actions needed to address these challenges, as well as a new way for the management team to track future progress.
The project leadership had a robust and independent view of the state of the project and a clear way forward and we’ve helped them implement some of our recommendations. Our work brought everyone involved a relentless focus on delivering the new metro line on time and on budget. And on making sure it plays its full part in Doha’s future growth and development – and a successful World Cup.
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