WS Atkins wins Saudi Arabia metro contract

riyadh metroWS Atkins will work with Spain's Typsa for the FAST consortium to design railway lines four, five and six. (Image source: UK-based engineering consultancy WS Atkins has won a US$120mn contract to design a section of the upcoming Riyadh Metro station in Saudi Arabia

According to WS Atkins, it has been appointed as lead designer for three of the six lines in the US$22.5bn Saudi Arabia metro railway project, which will comprise 85 stations along a 178km network.

WS Atkins said it will work with Spain's Typsa for the FAST consortium, led by the FCC Group, to design railway lines four, five and six.

The FAST consortium also includes Samsung C&T, Alstom, Strukton, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia and Setec. FAST’s US$8bn design and build contract, awarded by the Arriyadh Development Authority, includes 25 stations, two depots and seven park and ride car parks.

The metro project was officially launched in July 2013 to cater to Saudi Arabia’s growing population and construction work is expected to begin in Q1 2014, with the metro scheduled for completion in 2018.

WS Atkins chief executive officer Uwe Kruger said the consultancy would use 200 of its employees from its offices in Riyadh, the UAE, Bangalore, Hong Kong and the UK for the project.

“Our work on other metro projects in the region in Dubai and Doha, as well as in developments such as the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and the London 2012 Olympics, were a key factor in the appointment,” Kruger added.



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