By Andy Sambidge
Arriyadh Development Authority announces winning bids for design and construction of lines
The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) in Saudi Arabia has announced the two winning international consortia who will oversee the design and construction of Riyadh's new $22.5bn metro system.
The contract awards are the next major step in the development of the largest public transport project in the world - the Riyadh Public Transport Project, a statement said.
Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants, a joint venture between US firm Parsons and French firms Egis and Systra, has been awarded the first project and construction management contract.
RMTC will be responsible for managing metro lines 1, 2 and 3. These lines will be designed and built by the BACS and Arriyadh New Mobility group consortia. The contract is valued at $556m.
Riyadh Advanced Metro Project Execution and Delivery (RAMPED), a joint venture between Louis Berger and Hill International, was awarded the second contract to manage metro lines 4, 5 and 6.
These lines will be designed and built by the FAST consortium. The contract is valued at $264m.
Ibrahim Bin Muhammad Al Sultan, president of ADA, 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."
The contract awards build on the July announcement of the winning design and construction contractors for the Riyadh metro, which is part of the Riyadh Public Transport Project. The Project encompasses a city-wide metro, bus network, and park and ride services.
The metro network features six lines with a total length of approximately 176km and driverless trains. All stations and carriages will be air-conditioned and divided into 3 sections: first, family and single class.
There are four iconic stations which are being designed by architects Gerber Architekten, Omrania & Associates, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
The multi nationals are awarded but the local consultants companies are ignored. Saudia have very standard consultan Firms and I think they would have been granted some shares to work together with the international firms to increase local skills for future.