Aecom wins top consultant role on Singapore-KL high-speed rail scheme

US engineering giant Aecom has beaten a high-class field to a $25m deal to provide engineering consultancy services to the Singapore end of the Singapore-to-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail line.

The scope of the work will include an advanced engineering study as well as architecture, civil engineering and M&E services.

The work will include some large projects in their own right, such as the southern terminus of the line at Jurong East, a number of tunnels and the bridge across the Straits of Johor.

The client for the work, the Singapore Land Transport Authority, announced the result with a message on its Facebook page today: "Selected through a highly competitive tender process, Aecom has extensive experience in international high-speed rail projects, such as the planning and design of the Beijing South HSR Station in China, the High Speed 2 railway in the UK, and the West Kowloon Terminus for the Express Rail Link in Hong Kong."

The route of the line with provisional station names (LTA)

Five other firms participated in the tender, which was put out for bids in August. The other bidders were from the Singapore offices of UK consulting engineers Arup and Mott MacDonald, Australia’s Meinhardt, Canadian consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff and the Singaporean state-owned consultant Surbana Jurong Infrastructure.

Other consultants already appointed to the project include three UK-based companies, architect Farrells, landscape designer Grant Associates and property agent CBRE. Farrells also worked on the Beijing South station and is designing Old Oak Common for the UK’s HS2 system.

The 350km project, which was announced in 2010, was to have begun in 2015, but is now expected to commence this year and complete in 2026 at a cost of around $10bn. It will have eight stations (pictured) and cut travel time between the two capitals to 90 minutes.

Top image: Farrells’ design for the East Jurong terminus (Farrells)

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