Foster + Partners To Design All Stations And Trains For New Jeddah Transport Network

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Foster + Partners has been appointed to layout an £8 billion transport technique for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that will encompass a network of new metro, ferry, bus, and cycle terminals.

Foster + Partners appointed to design new transport system for Jeddah

Norman Foster’s London-based firm, which was rumoured to be operating on the undertaking back in October 2014, has signed a contract reportedly worth £54 million to produce a lengthy-phrase vision for the future of the city’s transport infrastructure.

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The masterplan will consist of the design of all new metro stations, the trains and the branding. Foster + Partners will also generate a series of new public spaces beneath the elevated railway tracks.

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“Made in response to the nearby climate, the masterplan is city-broad and draws on the high-density, compact urban model of the ancient quarter of Al Balad, with its mixture of employs and comfortable, walkable shaded streets,” said the company in a statement.


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“At present only twelve per cent of the population reside inside a ten minute stroll of Jeddah’s transport nodes – the project aims to accomplish 50 per cent, via a approach of densification and strategic preparing,” it additional.

“Every station node will produce a new neighbourhood, with a exclusive character, and together these will produce a diverse and vibrant city.”

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Foster + Partners – whose previous projects include a concept for a zero-carbon city in Abu Dhabi and a proposal for a “cycling utopia” in London – is the third business to be signed up to Jeddah’s public transport task.

In May 2014, architecture and engineering company Aecom was given an 18-month contract to offer pre-system management consultancy providers, while French railway engineering company Systra was appointed in July to supply preliminary engineering types.

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Jeddah is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia, soon after the capital city Riyadh. It is also set to turn into residence to the world’s tallest building – the Kingdom Tower at present under development is expected to have a height of 1000 metres.

According to the Saudi Gazette, the new metro system could be finished by 2020 and open in 2022.

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