Qatar Rail outlines design opportunities

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Qatar Rail showcased architectural opportunities available in Doha Metro station works during a presentation led by the company’s procurement and architecture departments.

“Architectural Works for Doha Metro – Phase One” was organised to shed light 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 for achitecture 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).

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The Peninsula Qatar reported that 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, is due by 2030.

“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”, Timbely said.

Branding for the project’s architecture elements will pour into three subsets of Qatar Rail’s guidelines: network identity, line identity and station identity.

The project’s branding concept stems from a myriad of distinctive beacons of Qatar’s heritage and culture, infusing traditional design elements into a modern look and feel.

A recognisable network brand and consistent line identity will be punctuated by unique curated exhibits across each station that will transpire in shelter cladding, ceilings, floors, walls, vaults, interior and exterior lighting.

Kaldoon Truman, senior director for contracts and procurement at Qatar Rail, detailed the project’s material and tender requirements, general subcontracting conditions, tender instructions and pretender requirements.

He 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 the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013.

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