ARCADIS, the international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, have announced that it has been awarded a contract for the design of the second metro line in the city of Rennes in France. The new line will have a total length of more than 14 km of which well over 10 km will be underground, while the line will have a total of 15 stations. ARCADIS will produce the designs in a joint venture with French companies Egis Rail and Iosis. The total value of this contract to ARCADIS is more than EUR 8 million. Further financial details were not disclosed.
ARCADIS was awarded the Rennes metro project because the company was also heavily involved in the first metro line in the city. The new line “b” will consist of a mined tunnel, a cut and cover tunnel as well as a viaduct section. ARCADIS will provide designs for the entire line, including the support design for the mined tunnel, the design for the cut-and-cover sections and the structural design for 4 of the underground stations. This includes the station “Gare” where the new line will pass below the existing one, requiring the construction of interchange structures.
“I believe our long-term relationship with this client and our technical excellence in underground construction design with an integrated risk management approach were the key arguments in the choice for ARCADIS by the City of Rennes,” said Yann Leblais, Global Director Infrastructure for ARCADIS. “We are extremely well qualified for the more complex urban infrastructure projects given our extensive experience in this field globally.”