Foster + Partners are set to develop a city-wide public transport plan for Jeddah.
The UK firm won international design competition and a contract signing ceremony was held to celebrate the appointment.
The contract was signed by governor of Makkah Province, HH Prince Khaled bin Faisal bin Abdelaziz Al Saud.
The company said it will be taking a “long-term, sustainable approach, which anticipates growth centuries from now,”
The work will includes the design of metro, ferry, bus, cycle, public spaces and stations.
In addition, the development of the metro system will create a new urban amenity for the city of Jeddah at key locations below the elevated track.
A spokesman 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. Currently only 12% of the population live within a 10 minute walk of Jeddah’s transport nodes – the project aims to achieve 50%, through a process of densification and strategic planning.
“Each station node will create a new neighbourhood, with a unique character, and together these will create a diverse and vibrant city.”