Weston Williamson and CH2M win race for $2.9bn Dubai metro link

UK architect Weston Williamson and US consulting engineer CH2M have won a competition to design a rail link for Dubai’s World Expo 2020.

The 15km, $2.9bn project will connect the Nakheel Harbour and Tower complex with the main expo site.

Seven stations will be built along "Route 2020," which is an extension of Dubai Metro’s 52km Red Line.

The firms will work with an international consortium featuring Alstom from France, Acciona of Spain and Turkey’s Gulermak. Alstom will supply 50 trains for the project while Acciona and Gulermak will focus on civil works.

The extension will include an 11.8km viaduct, 3.2km of underground track and a wing-shaped terminal at the site itself.

The team was chosen ahead of 10 rival bids for the link.

Chris Williamson, a partner in Weston Williamson, said: "Dubai is a superbly dynamic city; this is a great chance to be a part of its expansion."

Dubai’s 2020 World Expo will be located close to Al Maktoum International Airport and is expected to host more than 25 million visitors at pavilions representing 180 countries.

The rail link is due to be completed in 2020.

Last year Weston Williamson and CH2M were awarded roles on the UK’s $30bn Crossrail 2 project.

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