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The Ørestad Development Corporation has selected COWI to bid for the civil works and the transportation system assignments for the Copenhagen Metro extension Cityringen.
COWI is the leading member in a joint venture with British Arup and French Systra, both of whom have a strong international profile in metro, railways and civil works.Five groups of consultants have been prequalified to submit their bids for the civil works or the transportation system, or both. COWI has been prequalified for both. Bids must be submitted to Ørestad Development Corporation by 23 May 2007. The bids will then be assessed and negotiated. Contract award is expected during the summer - though only once the Danish City Circle Line Bill has been passed.
"It's important that we have been prequalified for both projects. The Cityringen is going to be the largest capital investment in years to come here in Denmark," says COWI Executive Vice President, Lars-Peter Søbye. He adds that each of the three participants in the joint venture is a specialist leader within its fields of expertise: "Together COWI, Arup and Systra form a hard-hitting and competitive joint venture," he says.Cityringen beneath Copenhagen According to the plan the Metro City Circle Line will run from Copenhagen's Central Station via Christiansborg Palace, Kongens Nytorv and surrounding quarters. The metro project is expected to stand completed in 2018.
COWI has previously been involved in the Cityringen's feasibility study that formed the basis for the decision to put the project out to tender. The consultancy work, which COWI now has to bid for, consists of four project phases: conceptual design, tender project, tendering and contracting, and project follow-up. The tasks include consultancy in many specialist areas such as bored tunnels, underground stations, groundwater lowering and soil mechanics, environmental impact assessments, architecture, complete operating and maintenance centres, metro engineering and driverless trains.
Among other things, COWI is drawing on its experience from previous stages of the Copenhagen Metro, for which it has been principal consultant since 1994, the Copenhagen district heating tunnel, Malmö City Tunnel and the tunnel under the Hallandsås Ridge in Sweden.