Mott MacDonald celebrates as new Doha International Airport Terminal Metro Station gets underway, Qatar



Mott MacDonald’s design role on the new Doha International Airport (NDIA) Terminal Metro Station has come to fruition as construction started on the first underground metro station in Qatar. The station will be the terminus for the future Doha Metro line, providing the rail link between Doha City and NDIA main terminal.

Mott MacDonald was commissioned in 2008 by the Government of the State of Qatar (represented by the NDIA Steering Committee), to develop designs for the metro connection from the new Doha International Airport to the wider Doha network.

The project included developing a metro system based on conservative parameters and space proofing of 1.3km single track twin bored tunnels and a 305m long by 25m wide and 20m deep cut and cover underground station. During the preliminary design of the station box, Mott MacDonald’s team of professionals developed plans and designs, with support from sub consultants Aedas, taking into consideration future requirements of the metro rail systems, passenger experience and safety aspects, station operations and associated facilities for the future station fit-out.

This also covered engineering disciplines of rail alignment and systems, fire safety, civil and structural, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as station architecture.

Mert Yesugey, Mott MacDonald’s project manager, said:

“Mott MacDonald developed the detailed design of the fully space proofed structural shell of the station box to a tight schedule for the substantial completion of the structure ahead of the airport opening, including sectional handover of the ground level to others for completion of the above ground infrastructure in time for the airport opening in 2011.”

“The provisions for the station box also included temporary electrical and mechanical systems to facilitate the maintenance, inspection and security of the station box during the interim stage until the station becomes fully operational. We are currently providing construction support services to NDIA on site until the completion of the station box construction anticipated in 2011,” Mert added.

David Manfredi, Mott MacDonald’s country representative for Qatar said, “This is a prestigious project for us. Mott MacDonald has an excellent track record in helping to deliver metro projects around the world and it is great to be able to demonstrate our world class skills and local knowledge on this important rail link for Doha.”