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Arcadis wins QR81.5 million Doha Metro station design contract

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Doha Metro Gold line design
Doha Metro Gold line design

Progress on the Doha Metro continued to move forward this month after an international engineering consultancy began preparing detailed design and architectural finishes for stations on the Gold Line.

Arcadis, which is headquartered in Amsterdam and has subsidiaries in Doha, said today that it had won a contract worth nearly €20 million (QR81.51 million) to provide architectural, branding, design and construction consultancy services for 10 of the 13 Gold Line stations. Work began earlier this month, the company said.

“The design element of the metro line will be absolutely critical to Doha and its community,” said Sameer Daoud, the infrastructure global business leader of Arcadis in the Middle East, in a statement.

Once the first phase of the metro is completed, the Gold Line will run from Villaggio Mall to past the old airport via Msheireb.

Phase one of the Doha Metro is scheduled to be operational by 2019.
Phase one of the Doha Metro is scheduled to be operational by 2019.

It is one of four lines that are currently under construction and expected to enter operations in 2019. The others are:

  • The Red Line North, running from a connection with Lusail’s light-rail line to Msheireb via West Bay;
  • The Red Line South, running from Msheireb to Mesaieed, with a branch to Hamad International Airport; and
  • The Green Line, running from Al Rayyan Stadium to Msheireb via Education City.

Doha Metro rendering
Doha Metro rendering

Arcadis said it has a similar design contract to work on the Red Line South.

Last September, the principal architect for the project – Dutch firm UNStudio – published renderings to illustrate how elements of the project would look.

It said its design “forms a bridge between the past and the future of Qatar, drawing inspiration from the vast regional architectural lexicon, whilst simultaneously representing an effective vision of modernisation and preservation.”

Other projects

The metro project is one of three major public transportation projects planned for Qatar. The 38-station Lusail LRT is also expected to enter operations in 2019 and will connect to the Red Line North.

Al Mayeda TBM breakthrough at Msheireb station
Al Mayeda TBM breakthrough at Msheireb station

A high-speed, long-distance rail line is also planned to run between Education City and the border with Saudi Arabia as part of a broader GCC rail network.

Despite reported delays in qualifying contractors for that project, Qatar Rail officials said in April that the long-distance passenger and freight line is still scheduled to enter operations by 2018.

The Doha Metro project reached a symbolic milestone earlier this month when a tunnel boring machine broke through the earth to reach Msheireb station.

So far, contractors have completed approximately 30km of the tunneling, which accounts for more than a quarter of the necessary excavation works, Qatar Rail said earlier this month.

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Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago

dull as….. is that the best that got submitted, or just the cheapest ?

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

It’s a tube station not a palace

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

The photos Al Jaber have on their website for the Gold Line look rather palatial to me. Is this what they will actually build, or are they just pretty pictures used to win a tender?

http://www.jec.qa/project_portfolio/project/167

wee_johnnie
wee_johnnie
5 years ago

Doesn’t look like a very busy station with only a handful of people milling about. Seen busier foyers in the local top 5* hotels. Guess the architects have not used a proper public transport system and seen the hundreds, if not thousands of people trying to move about.

brorick
brorick
5 years ago
Reply to  wee_johnnie

its a render, stop complaining!
if it was busy wee johnnie youd complain that its unrealistic.

Romulus
Romulus
5 years ago

here are some moving pictures of the Doha Metro….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wQmnzfF-HU

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