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It's official: Foster bags huge Jeddah Metro job

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Foster + Partners has officially been appointed to design all 46 stations on the new Jeddah Metro project

As predicted by the AJ last October, the AJ100 chart-topping practice will lead both the design and consultancy team on the £7.2 billion transport scheme in the Saudi Arabian city.

The massive new transport network includes the design of metro, ferry, bus, and cycle terminals alongside public spaces at key locations below the elevated track.

A spokesperson for the practice, said: ‘Designed in response to the local climate, the masterplan is city-wide and draws on the high-density, compact urban model of the ancient quarter of Al Balad, with its mixture of uses and comfortable, walkable shaded streets.

‘Each station node will create a new neighbourhood, with a unique character, and together these will create a diverse and vibrant city.’

According to sources the enormous scheme could bring in around £100 million of fees for Foster + Partners.

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.

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Foster tipped to win huge Jeddah Metro job

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