Engineering company Atkins has been selected by Saudi Arabia as the delivery partner for the 170km long, 200m wide city that is to be built in the northwest of the kingdom.
The UK subsidiary of Canada’s SNC–Lavalin Group has been awarded a five-year contract to provide consultancy services on The Line, as the city is called. This will include project and construction management, as well as advice on procurement, construction and commissioning.
The company will work alongside Neom, the project’s developer, in what Atkins describes as a “collaborative delivery model”.
The Line will run entirely on renewable energy, and will eventually accommodate 9 million people across a 34 sq km footprint in Tabuk Province. According to the project’s plans, all residents will be able to walk to parks, schools and workplaces.
Campbell Gray, Atkins’ chief executive for the Middle East and Africa, said: “Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most dynamic growth markets and we are committed to supporting the country’s ambitions through our global engineering expertise, our in-depth local knowledge and our investment in the kingdom’s future talent.
“As a delivery partner organisation, we will work closely with Neom to drive value and efficiency by adopting innovative technologies and world-class sustainability standards.”