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Delivery architects sought for first phase of £8bn Doha Metro

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Qatar is on the hunt for architectural subcontractors to deliver 35 planned new metro stations in its capital city – Doha

Qatar Rail has invited architects and building contractors to pre-qualify for the construction of architectural elements on phase one of the £21 billion mass transit scheme.

Dutch outfit UNStudio revealed concept station designs (pictured) for the gargantuan project in September.

The initial 35 stations will be based on triangular base forms and feature vaulted roofs inspired by traditional nomadic tents.

UNStudio’s design guidelines will also apply to around 60 further stations planned for the network’s second phase.

The £8 billion opening stage will be tendered as eight separate design and build contracts each requiring multiple architectural and multi-disciplinary subcontractors.

Architectural works will include the interior fit out of underground, at grade and elevated stations.

Landscaping and the provision of entrance structures – including structural frames and envelopes – will also be required.

The metro is part of a larger integrated rail network project which will deliver a new light rail transit system, international high-speed railway, long distance passenger line and interconnected freight line.

The tender has been announced just months after John McAslan + Partners won an international contest for a new £2 billion metro system in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Last year Foster + Partners also emerged as the frontrunner to land the design contract for 46 stations on Jeddah’s new £7.2 billion metro.

The deadline for the submission of completed pre-qualification questionnaires is 25 January.

How to apply

Visit the UKTI website for more information

 

 

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