The £75m contract will see Atkins lead a joint venture with Spanish consultancy Typsa, carrying out design work for the FAST consortium, which has a contract for metro lines 4, 5 and 6. FAST, which is made up of FCC, Samsung, Alstom, Strukton and Freyssinet, is building just over a third of the metro's total track.
FAST's design and build package, awarded by the Arriyadh Development Authority, includes 25 stations, two depots and seven park-and-ride car parks, with a total capital cost of approximately £5bn. Atkins will draw on a multidisciplinary team of around 200 specialist staff from its offices in Riyadh, the UAE, Bangalore, Hong Kong and the UK.
Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, chief executive officer, said: "Riyadh Metro is a landmark project which will raise standards of living and support long term sustainable development throughout the city, acting as a catalyst for further investment in all aspects of the public realm and built environment.”