Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of Qatar's integrated railway network, has provided updates on architectural opportunities available for the Doha Metro station works.
The updates came during an event titled "Architectural Works for Doha Metro - Phase One" in Doha that had more than 300 attendees and leading officials for the project.
The event held presentations and discussions on Qatar Rail's procurement strategy, the packages and prequalification process, and the projects including the interior fit-out for the stations, the structure for the elevated stations as well as the landscaping plans.
Mohamed Timbely, Senior Director, Architecture and MEP at Qatar Rail, briefed attendees on the Doha Metro's architectural works -- materials and finishes, on Qatar Rail's architectural branding guidelines as well as on the status and opportunities for materials and FF&E (Furniture, fixtures, and equipment).
The first phase for the project's architectural works, covering 37 stations, is slated for completion by 2018 while the second, extending to 60 stations, by 2030.
Branding for the metros will focus on three major components including network identity, line identity and station identity with designs being inspired by Qatar’s culture and heritage.
Regarding the design, Timbely said: “As is reflected in the developments that our partners and suppliers were presented with today, our procurement and architectural strategies are very much aligned with the vision we had set out for the Doha Metro project: to build an integrated network that serves the Qatari community and pays heed to its heritage and culture, all the while meeting and exceeding word-class standards of quality assurance.”
Kaldoon Truman, Senior Director, Contracts and Procurement at Qatar Rail, detailed the project's material and tender requirements, general subcontracting conditions and explained that a third prequalification round has been launched to attract more participants and this third round will be completed by September 2015.
The "Vaulted Spaces" Metro station design was selected by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in 2013. It is derived from the historic Islamic architecture by using the old Islamic architectural element in a modern way.