EC Harris to consult on $24.9b Abu Dhabi project
The Transport Master Plan will transform Abu Dhabi's infrastructure
Built asset consultancy EC Harris has won a two year contract to advise the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport on its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP).
The US $24.9 billion (AED 119.1 billion) project, consisting of 37 main road projects, seven traffic management projects and 14 road safety projects, is an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure development plans relating to the 2030 Economic Vision, and is due to complete that same year.
As part of the agreement, the Abu-Dhabi-based firm will be providing programme management services, advising on which elements of the project should be constructed first, prioritised according to value for money and need.
In addition, the company will oversee the phased implementation of the Master Plan over the next two years, and advise the department on the creation, shape and form of the infrastructure company due to maintain all of the major assets created from the Master Plan.
EC Harris’s highways sector leader Brian Fitzpatrick said: “Our experience of helping similar organisations to the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport around the world, whether they are working as highways network creator or network operator, will provide a real source of locally based, world class expertise.
“The commercially-led programme management approach that we will take to delivering this commission will allow the Department to realise its ambitions without risk to their programme.”
Earlier this year, EC Harris’ managing director for the Middle East, John Williams, told Construction Week that the firm was expanding their service offerings to win more contracts in the infrastructure and oil and gas sectors.
Fitzpatrick added: “For EC Harris, the opportunity to help shape the transport system of one of the most ambitious cities in the world is very exciting and will act as a catalyst as we look to significantly develop our transportation offering in the Middle East.”