Metro Jeddah Company has awarded AECOM Technology Corp an 18-month contract worth US$28m to provide consultancy services to support the preliminary planning and design phase of the Jeddah Public Transport Project.
Last year the Council of Ministers approved a 45bn riyal transport plan for the city — which includes a three-line light metro, buses and ferries — to be completed within seven years.
‘We are delighted to play a key role in this important program and to support the Metro Jeddah Co,’ said David Barwell, Chief Executive, AECOM Middle East. ‘Our global team of transportation experts is well equipped to deliver a program that will provide the residents of Jeddah with access to a safe, reliable and sustainable public transportation system.’
The company will look at all previous plans for the project and will have 20 months to develop a new design, according to local media reports.
Those present at the signing ceremony included Prince Mansour bin Miteb, minister of municipal and rural affairs, and member of the Jeddah transport higher committee; Jeddah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Majed; and Makkah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, president of the Jeddah transport higher committee.
Prince Mishaal urged the consultancy firm to make every effort to provide the best designs for the metro in order to meet the aspirations of the country's leadership.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal is set to approve designs for the new public transportation project which have been completed by the transportation committee in Jeddah, as announced by Jeddah Mayor Hani Aburas.
The designs feature artistic touches which contribute to magnifying the architectural beauty of the region. The project includes preliminary designs for all stations, buildings and car parks, in addition to preparing distinctive urban features for all elements of the project.
The public transportation project in Jeddah comprises four stages: The initial stage invited 50 architectural consultants to submit plans for the rehabilitation stage. The second stage concerned technical offers, for which the authority invited 11 consultants to present technical offers on the matter. Four companies were chosen to participate in the competition. The third stage included presentation of designs for all parts of the project to evaluate them in the fourth and final stage, which culminates with the awarding of the contract according to defined parameters and financial offers.
The international company for evaluating the architectural designs of the project includes Howayda Al-Harithy from Saudi Arabia, who has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and works as president of the architectural design department at the American University of Beirut. In addition to others, the group also includes well-known architects Rafael Moneo and Richard Brend.
The Metro Jeddah Company will manage the implementation of the project including all planning, design, establishment and testing stages. The company has signed the second basic contract of the project which includes engineering consulting services with the French SYSTRA company. The drafting of the initial designs include car parks, civil work, as well as an electronic control system, an overnight center and complete control of the public transport network.
The public transport project was launched in Jeddah through three basic contracts, one of which is to offer consultative services for the preparatory program for the public transportation project in Jeddah signed with AECOM. The period of the contract is 18 months.
The company will support Metro Jeddah with specialists and will participate in all stages of the project, prepare strategies to tender the public transportation project for alliances, establish management system programs, manage and supervise projects with supervising preliminary engineering designs and architectural consultants, review engineering and architectural designs, support Metro Jeddah Company to draft competition documents and train contractors, and prepare service scope for all offices.
HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, and Chairman of Ministerial Supervisory Commission of Public Transportation Project in Jeddah, launches the introductory forum of Jeddah Public Transport Program on the 30th of March 2015 in Leylaty Ballroom. The event is, with attendance of HRH Prince Mishaal bin Majed, Jeddah Governor and H.E. Jeddah Mayor.
Organized by Metro Jeddah Company (MJC), the forum aims to explain the master plan of public transportation project in the governorate, and the operational timetable of work progress. The forum will also examine the project strategy in contracting with AECOM Company, USA, which developed the strategy and preparatory work for implementing all public transportation program elements, together with posting construction contracts and consultancy services contracts for the project components.
H.E. Dr. Hani Aburas, Jeddah Governorate Mayor, expressed his happiness at honoring the introductory forum with attendance of the HRH the Governor of Makkah Region. This reflects HRH keenness to follow work progress and to know the minute details of the transportation project from the beginning, being the most important pioneering project in Jeddah city that will transform it to match international cities.
On his part, H.E. Dr. Osama Abdouh, Chief Executive Officer, MJC, said that the project is a development tributary, and a fruit of the country's ambitious plans in order to provide all services and facilities for a dignified life for the sons and daughters of this homeland, that matches the all-inclusive renaissance witnessed in other Saudi cities.
Dr. Abdouh added that the attendance of the Governor of Makkah region would have distinct incentivizing impact on all project executing companies and consultancy firms. This visit is a close follow up of the work progress mechanism and a precise roadmap proceeding from his care and subtlety in evading mistakes and benefitting from successful experiences of advanced countries of the world. The generous follow up by His Royal Highness ensures high professional efficiency and preciseness for the project.
Some of the companies specialized in manufacturing and supplying various means of transportation will participate in the forum, in addition to several topnotch design and construction contractors, consultancy firms, and concerned companies from Saudi Arabia and abroad. The forum will also witness signature of the third basic contract for architectural designs of the public transportation program in Jeddah governorate, between HRH the Governor of Makkah Region and H.E. MOMRA Minister, on one part and Foster & Partners, UK on the other part. On the other hand, signature of this contract is complementary to basic contracts of the project, where administration contract was signed with AECOM, USA, and engineering designs contract was signed with SYSTRA, France,
The forum will be held with attendance of key figures from government departments, private sectors, and those who are interested in the public transport program in Jeddah Governorate.
It worth mentioning that the public transport project in Jeddah governorate is effected pursuant to the Council of Ministers' Resolution approving the project in all its components, including approval on establishing metro network, corniche tram, linking train, bus network, marine buses, Obhur Suspension Bridge, Main Public Transport Station and car parking.
HRH Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Jeddah, visited Jeddah Metro Company on Thursday, 28/4/1438 H. He was welcomed by HE Dr. Hani Bin Mohammed Bin Ahmed Aburas, Mayor of Jeddah Municipality, and Dr. Osama Bin Ibrahim Abdouh, CEO, Metro Jeddah Company. The Mayor presented the components of the Jeddah Public Transport Project.
The Jeddah Public Transport Project is of the utmost importance as it is one of the key solutions to the traffic congestion that has become a real problem in Jeddah; especially as the city of Jeddah is one of the largest cities in the Kingdom, and the gate to the two Holy Mosques, in addition to being the first and most important tourist and economic destination in the Kingdom. The number of vehicles - all types - within the city of Jeddah has reached to more than 3 million vehicles, with an annual increase of over one hundred thousand vehicles, while the public transportation contributes to less than 2% of the daily trips. Forecasts indicate that after the kickoff and operation of the Jeddah Public Transport Project, the Public Transport shall attract more than 25% of the daily trips.
At the end of the visit, HH said: “The Jeddah Metro Project has all attention of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, may God protect him, the Crown Prince and Prince Khaled Al Faisal. The project is part of a system that defines the first lines or phase that will be presented soon after the approval completion, and shall include railways, marine transport and busses.”
HH the Governor of Makkah Province visited the Jeddah Metro Company’s headquarters on Sunday 22 Jumada I 1438 H, opening the Jeddah Public Transport Project exhibition. He listened to an explanation of the project, as 30% of the engineering and architectural designs phase has been completed. The Jeddah Public Transport Project shall include Metro trains, marine taxis, the Corniche tram, bus network, and a bridge over the Obhur Creek passing through one of the metro routes. In addition, several first-rate stations have been located, contributing to the development of the neighborhoods.
HH the Governor of Makkah Province called out to businessmen to contribute to the development of the city of Jeddah, saying: “I swear by God that your investment in your country is more useful than your investment abroad. Contribute to the development of your cities... contribute to the development of your country… contribute to participate now… your country awaits you, and the State has given you this opportunity to participate in the development of your country, seize the opportunity and make every effort to invest your money in your country for your children.”
HH pointed out that the Jeddah Public Transport Project is ready for execution, and is open to the private sector. Especially as Jeddah occupies a privileged location on the Red Sea coast, and is the gate of the Two Holy Mosques, the sea and air port of the city of Makkah and the Holy Land, and the first tourist destination, as well as one of the most important economic fronts in the Kingdom.