After early consultation with our expert advisory team, the State of Qatar decided to establish a Central Planning Office (CPO) in October 2011. The CPO was formed with the objective of facilitating the integration of the country’s rapidly developing transport-related infrastructure plans, projects and programmes. These programmes are critical to accommodate significant urban growth of the Capital, Doha, over the past decade and achieve the long-term National Vision 2030. Recognising constraints on the governance of the transport sector, the CPO was created to provide stronger planning, coordination of delivery and management of construction impacts across a range of Ministries, public agencies and their respective capital programmes over the next few years as Qatar develops.
We fully integrated ourselves into the client’s organisation, acting in their best interests. Headed by a Director who reports to the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning, the CPO is now resourced through a multi-disciplinary team of urban and transport planners, engineers, programme coordinators and stakeholder liaison managers provided by Atkins Acuity. Our team of over 100 strong are able to mobilise professional expertise, a range of core and support staff and technical tools from across the global Atkins group business. Following the establishment of the CPO, our collaborative teams have:
Since its foundation, the CPO has been highly successful. It has redefined the scope and routes of the proposed Doha Metro, opening in 2019, resolved key interfaces between road and rail projects, provided an independent assessment of investment decision making, and recommended enhanced governance and institutional reform to achieve the 2030 Vision. Major cost savings and programme de-risking through value engineering, enhanced deliverability and interface management.
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