Netherlands’ Arcadis to guide $3.62bn Doha’s ‘Gold’ metro line

Dutch consultancy Arcadis has been appointed to provide architectural, branding, design and construction consultancy services for the Gold Line of the new subway system in Doha, Qatar.

The appointment follows an earlier involvement on Doha’s Red Line South. 

For the Gold Line project Arcadis will work on behalf of the contractor, ALYSJ JV, a joint venture of several international and local construction and engineering firms. 

The value of the project to Arcadis is almost $22.4m (€20m), the company said. The ultimate client for the project is the Qatar Rail Company.

The Gold Line is the largest single construction package on the ambitious 354-km metro scheme. One of four lines, it crosses Doha from east to west.

Set to cost $3.62bn, the Gold Line contract includes 32km of bored tunnel along with 13 new underground stations with high-end architectural finishes and state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Arcadis will provide detailed design and coordination of architectural finishes for 10 of the 13 new stations as well as associated MEP, structural and landscape design, plus construction support and consultancy services. 

The firm said the remaining three stations have been priced separately and may be assigned to it later. 

The design phase is expected to take 12 months and construction support an additional 24 months.

Arcadis executive board member Stephan Ritter said: "This is a great example of synergy between legacy Hyder and Arcadis capabilities and strong collaboration between the newly formed Arcadis Qatar team and Arcadis Netherlands to bring the best of our global capabilities in rail transportation to serve Qatar Rail."

Photograph: Artist’s impression of a station on the Gold Line of Doha’s new metro (AlJaber Engineering)

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