Atkins wins $120m Riyadh Metro deal

Consultancy appointed as lead designer on lines four, five and six

Proposed Riyadh Metro station
Proposed Riyadh Metro station

Consultancy firm Atkins has announced that it has won a $120.6m (£75m) contract to handle lead design of Package Three of the Riyadh Metro.

The firm will be responsible for the design of the $8bn package being built by the FAST consortium made up of Spanish construction giant FCC, Samsung, Alstom, Strukton and Freyssinet. It is building lines 4, 5 and 6 of the six-line system comprising 64.6km of the 176km of Metro lines and 25 of the 85 stations as well as two depots and seven park and ride facilities.

Atkins said that it will deploy a multidisciplinary team of around 200 specialist staff on the project made up of staff based in Riyadh, the UAE, Bangalore, Hong Kong and the UK.

CEO Prof Dr Uwe Krueger said: "Riyadh Metro is a landmark project which will raise standards of living and support long term sustainable development throughout the city, acting as a catalyst for further investment in all aspects of the public realm and built environment.

"We are one of the few organisations in the world with the breadth and depth of technical expertise and regional market experience to deliver a project of such scale and complexity.

"Our track record on other major metro programmes in the region, as well as our work on projects such as King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was a key factor in our appointment."

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