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Atkins designs heritage-inspired marine stations for Dubai Canal

Atkins has won a design competition for new marine transport stations along the recently created Dubai Canal for the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Construction Week reports.

The marine stations will provide transport links for commuters and tourists along the waterway from Business Bay to Jumeirah. Construction of the marine stations is planned to start in 2019.

Atkins’ winning concept was derived from Dubai’s heritage and the historic fishing and pearling culture of the region. 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.

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 station itself is designed to maximize the views over the canal and the city beyond.

“The sustainable design aims to generate its own power and hence reduce operational cost and reflect RTA’s commitment to the environment. We are now looking at the possibility of 3D printing some of the station structure modules,” remarked Adrian Lindon, Atkins fellow and director of architecture.

Atkins has worked closely with the RTA following contracts on the Dubai Creek Abra (water taxis) and ferry stations in 2010/11, and four-year relationship with the Marine Transport Agency. An estimated 13m passengers use marine transit each year.

This time last year, information and images were released of the design of the marine stations, however the architects behind the project was not named.

Last year, the first satellite images of the Dubai Canal were revealed, completed with a ‘Before’ image that displayed the city prior to construction.

Atkins celebrates 50 years in the Middle East region this year and was the lead designer for the Dubai Metro. Earlier this year, Canada’s SNC Lavalin acquired Atkins  for $2.6bn (£2.1bn). 

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