Bovis Lend Lease takes on Metro as Capita ‘departs’

Bovis Lend Lease and Mass Transit Rail Corporation of Hong Kong to provide PM services in Dubai.

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By  Sean Cronin & Tim Wood Published  April 15, 2006

Bovis Lend Lease (BLL) has won a contract from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai to provide strategic project management services for phases one to three of the new Dubai Metro project. The company’s role will involve sourcing senior project personnel on behalf of the client. And the UK contractor will work in association with the Mass Transit Rail Corporation (MTRC) of Hong Kong, which already owns and manages the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway system and associated property and development interests. The arrival of Bovis Lend Lease on the project coincides with the departure of Capita Symonds; Atkins will be taking over the firm’s responsibilities on the project. Atkins will also take on most of the team already appointed by Capita Symonds. Phases one and two of the project, incorporating the Red and Green lines, involves the construction of 70km of track and 41 stations. This phase has a project value of $4 billion and is due for completion in 2010. Planning for phase three of the project, the Blue Line, has begun and will include a further 47km of track between Dubai International Airport and the new Jebel Ali International Airport, which is planned for completion in 2011. A statement from BLL confirmed “that it will operate as an integral part of RTA’s project team to ensure that the publicly stated requirements for ‘best international practices and standards’ are met throughout the project delivery process”. In the UK, Bovis Lend Lease is working with Network Rail on a range of enhancement programmes, primarily through its project management arm, Lend Lease Projects, which will also supply key personnel to the Dubai Metro project. In the US it is providing consultant construction management to the MTA New York for the $750 million Fulton Street Transit Centre, while in Australia, it is providing contract management for the $1.1 billion Paramatta Rail Link project in Sydney, which is due for completion later this year.

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