CONSULTANT Atkins is to take on the Dubai light rail project following Capita Symond's withdrawal from the £1.86bn scheme.
Atkins confirmed that it would be working on the project but said it could not release any details until the deal is nalised with the client.
Atkins is the largest consultant in the Middle East with more than 1000 staff in the region and an annual turnover of £25M.
Capita Symonds was contracted to Japanese contractor Obayashi to provide civil, structural, architectural and mechanical and electrical design on the 70km long scheme.
But it decided to withdraw after becoming concerned that it would not be paid for work generated when the scope of the project changed (NCE 6 April).
Client Dubai Municipality changed the location of stations which led to considerable additional design work being required but the rigid contract arrangement between Capita Symonds and Obayashi meant it was unlikely Capita would be paid for this.
The project is to be built in two phases. The rst 52km section will run through the centre of Dubai from Jebel Ali in the south to Rashidya station in the North. The second 18km section will run from the airport to Dubai Healthcare City.