Hill Intl, Louis Berger JV lands Riyadh Metro deal

Firms pick up $264m deal to project manage lines 4, 5 and 6

CGI of the Riyadh Metro project
CGI of the Riyadh Metro project

The Arriyadh Development Agency (ADA) has announced that it has awarded a joint venture between US-based consultancy firms Hill International and Louis Berger the $245m contract to projeect manage lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro being built by the FAST consortium led by Spain's FCC.

The joint venture, known as RAMPED (Riyadh Advanced Metro Project Execution and Delivery), will manage the $8.05bn project to deliver the orange, yellow and purple lines of the contract covering 25 stations and 64.6km of track.

The development agency also confirmed that it had awarded a $556m contract to project manage lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Metro to Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants (RMTC) - a partnership between US project manager Parsons and French firms Egis Rail and Systra.

RTMC will oversee two packages - the $10.5bn deal for lines one and two being delivered by Bechtel, CCC, Almabani General Constractors and Siemens covering 63.3km and 42 stations as well as the line 3 project led by Italian firm Ansaldo STS covering the longest single line at 40.7km and 22 stations.

ADA president Ibrahim Bin Muhammad Al Sultan, said: “Today’s announcement means that we now have the major partners in place to design, build and project manage the development of the Riyadh metro. These international firms have experience delivering some of the world’s most iconic infrastructure projects and will work alongside Saudi Arabian expertise to oversee Riyadh’s ambitious and world-class transport project.

"It is a very exciting day for the people of Riyadh and over the coming months they will start to see this project take shape.”
Design contracts for four of the main stations have already been awarded to Gerber Architekten, Omrania & Associates, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid.

The $23.5bn Riyadh Metro project is the biggest mass transportation project under construction anywhere in the world. It will integrate with a series of rapid transit buses connecting stations and feeder buses serving more distant parts of the city.

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