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UK's Atkins wins RTA design competition for Dubai Canal marine stations
16 July 2017
Global consultancy Atkins has won a design competition for new marine transport stations along the recently opened Dubai Canal for the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA), the company said in a statement on Sunday.
Construction of the marine stations is planned to start in 2019.
The marine stations will provide transport links for commuters and tourists from Business Bay to Jumeirah.
Atkins’ concept was derived from Dubai’s heritage and the historic fishing and pearling culture of the region, the statement said.
“A large translucent canopy over each station symbolises a fishing net being cast into the water, and provides shading to the pontoon and station building beneath,” it added.
Photovoltaic panels are incorporated into the canopy to generate solar power to supply light at night time to the stations which glow like beacons along the canal.
“The sustainable design aims to generate its own power and hence reduce operational cost and reflect RTA’s commitment to the environment,” Adrian Lindon, Atkins fellow and director of architecture said in the statement. “We are now looking at the possibility of 3D printing some of the station structure modules. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is particularly relevant to the construction sector with a target to 3D print 25 percent of buildings in Dubai by 2030.”
Opening the Dubai Water Canal in 2016 and developing more public transport choices throughout the city demonstrates the innovative vision of the RTA and the Government of Dubai.
Atkins has also previously worked with the RTA on the Dubai Creek Abra (water taxis) and ferry stations in 2010/11, also with a four-year relationship with the Marine Transport Agency. Atkins was also the lead designer for the Dubai Metro.
(Writing by Megha Merani)
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