AECOM secures backbone infrastructure design role for Saudi Arabia’s NEOM
AECOM has been appointed to design transport and utilities backbone infrastructure for NEOM, a new model for urbanisation and sustainability located in the Northwest region of Saudi Arabia. In addition to design services, AECOM’s scope will also include environmental and geotechnical support.
“We are excited to be playing such a pivotal part in delivering one of the world’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects,” said Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president. “As the centerpiece of Saudi Vision 2030, NEOM will become one of the world’s leading destinations to attract talent and investment and drive economic change in the Kingdom. Our global multi-disciplinary team of experts will bring together a diverse set of skills to deliver a sustainable project that will connect communities and create thousands of jobs across Saudi Arabia.”
NEOM will support an economy that is oriented to the future. Providing a new model for urbanisation and sustainability, it will include hyper-connected towns and cities, ports and enterprise zones, entertainment venues and tourist destinations.
Speaking about the agreement, Brett Smythe, Chief Projects Officer of NEOM, said: “NEOM’s next generation cognitive cities will support its cutting-edge urban environments, improving the lives of residents and businesses far beyond the capabilities of today’s smart cities. It will be a beacon for future living. We are pleased to have one of the world’s leaders in AECOM helping to create the primary and base infrastructure to support our ambitious vision.”
Bill Price, program director at AECOM, said: “In order to accelerate the delivery of this transformative project, our global team will be using the latest innovations to deliver a 100% digital design. Digital tools will play a vital role in the collaborative approach and stakeholder engagement, with quickly produced visualisations that are built from live design data that is geospatial accurate, enabling and unlocking the power of a data-driven design.”
Digital will play a key role in delivering the core scope of services within the program requirements, as well as achieving the vision for technological advancement. The delivery team will adopt a data-led process, providing information-rich 3D models and geospatial data. The digital delivery processes will also enable collaboration across global teams and provide them with the tools to efficiently design for construction.
This contract builds on AECOM’s appointment in July 2019 to provide project management consultancy services for phase 1 construction in NEOM.