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Ayesa designs the two new metro stations at the King Khaled Airport in Riyadh

Ayesa is further consolidating its reputation with the Riyadh metro project thanks to the new contract it has been awarded for this mega infrastructure. The firm is designing the two stations at the King Khaled International Airport, belonging to the future line 4 of the Saudi-Arabian capital’s metro system.

Ayesa is designing the two overhead stations, which will both have a 70m long platform. ‘This project does not stand out due to its size – the envisaged influxes of passengers will not exceed a thousand people. However, what is special about this Project is that the stations are not connected to the ground, but are connected via pedestrian walkways leading to the terminals’, points out Miguel Pontijas, Head of the Project.

He also adds, ‘it is an important project because the airport is a spectacular building and one which represents the country and is an example of modernity meeting tradition. The difficulty is in producing a design which is in harmony with this’.

Ayesa has extensive experience in metro projects all over the world, and especially in stations. Furthermore, it has excelled in designing overhead stations and has developed highly efficient stations which integrate perfectly into their urban environment.

And for this purpose it uses leading technology: ‘All the calculations we are doing in Riyadh are done using the British Standard and all dynamic analyses are carried out using a specific software to study the flows of passengers. Likewise, from the preliminary design phase we have been working with BIM, a cutting-edge method which facilitates coordination between different fields, such as architecture, engineering and construction.’ 

Previous to this, Ayesa has been involved in more specific contracts in the Saudi-Arabian capital, such as in the design of telecommunications systems for all the stations of lines 4, 5 and 6.

Investment

The Riyadh metro will have six lines and will involve an investment of 23,000 million dollars. The construction and concession contract for three of the lines was awarded to the consortium led by FCC, this representing the biggest contract in the history of the Spanish construction sector.

Although all sections of the infrastructure are at an advanced stage in terms of construction, Ayesa is providing support to the Consortium and is ‘eager to continue participating in the project until it is commissioned’, points out Pontijas.

Experience

Ayesa has strengthened its position as a leading engineering company in urban transport. After initial projects in Spain involving the metro systems of Malaga, Seville and Barcelona, it was involved in other international ones in Delhi, Lima, Panama City and Quito.

The company landed in Saudi Arabia in 2015 with the aim of becoming a leading engineering company for the many engineering projects underway in the country. Currently, it has managed to expand its presence in the water sector and particularly in desalination.

Para ello, cuenta con tecnología puntera. “En Riad todos los cálculos los hacemos según la British Standard y los análisis dinámicos con un software específico para estudiar los flujos de los pasajeros. Igualmente, desde la fase de anteproyecto estamos trabajando en BIM, una metodología emergente que facilita la coordinación entre disciplinas (arquitectura, ingeniería y construcción)”.

Anteriormente, Ayesa ha llevado a cabo otros contratos más específicos en el suburbano saudí, como el diseño de las telecomunicaciones de todas las estaciones de las líneas 4, 5 y 6, entre otros muchos.

Inversión

El metro de Riad constará de seis líneas y movilizará una inversión de 23.000 millones de dólares. La construcción y concesión de tres de las líneas se las adjudicó un consorcio liderado por FCC, en lo que supone el mayor contrato internacional de la historia de la construcción española.

Si bien la obra está en fase de ejecución avanzada en todos sus tramos, Ayesa está prestando apoyo al consorcio “con el deseo de seguir participando hasta la puesta en servicio”, indica Pontijas.

Experiencia

Ayesa ha fortalecido en los últimos años su posición como ingeniería de referencia en transporte urbano. A los proyectos iniciales en España de los metros Málaga, Sevilla o Barcelona, les siguieron otros internacionales en Delhi, Lima, Panamá o Quito.

La compañía aterrizó en Arabia Saudí en 2015, con el objetivo de convertirse en una ingeniería de referencia para las numerosas obras de infraestructuras que se están acometiendo en el país. En la actualidad, ya ha logrado expandir su actividad al sector del agua, especialmente a la desalación.