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Foster tipped to win huge Jeddah Metro job

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Foster + Partners is being tipped to land the prize project to design and head up the consultancy team for all 46 stations on the proposed new Jeddah Metro project

According to sources, the huge project in Saudi Arabia could net the AJ100’s top-ranked practice up to £100 million in fees.

The £7.2 billion rail scheme, which includes three new lines, is part of the city’s wider transport programme. In May, Aecom was appointed by the Jeddah Metro Company on an 18-month contract worth £17 million for pre-programme management consultancy services, including support for the preliminary planning and design work, for various phases of Jeddah’s Public Transport Project.

Local reports claim the giant scheme, which aims to remove 30 per cent of the city’s traffic from the road, could be completed by 2020 and go into service in 2022.

Foster + Partners refused to comment on the status of the Jeddah Metro contest.

Meanwhile Fosters has lost out to French firm ADP Ingénierie in the competition for the main contract for the 700,000m² Terminal 1 building at Beijing Daxing International Airport.

Zaha Hadid Architects with Pascall + Watson, Rogers Stirk Harbour with Arup, and HOK with Dutch airport specialist Naco were all long-listed in the contest for the £9 billion scheme, which could eventually provide seven runways and handle more than 100 million passengers a year. ADPI’s proposal is expected to feature a 5km-long facade.

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