Design and consultancy firm Arcadis has been commissioned by client Beliris for the cost control, risk management and planning for the Metro Line 3 Albert/Bordet project in Brussels, during the study and execution phase of the extension work. The total amount of the contract is approximately €6M.
This major project, which will improve mobility in Brussels, includes the conversion of the existing tram line into a pre-metro with a 5km extension operated as an automatic metro, the construction of 7 new stations and 1 depot for the maintenance and stabling of trains.
The new metro tunnel will have an average depth of 25 to 30m and the stations will be 3 floors deep, among other things to limit the impact of vibration on the environment. The mono-tube tunnel with a diameter of 9.8m will be bored by TBM.
Technical department head Jens De Smet at Beliris explains that “due to the complexity of the project we have chosen to appoint a consultancy for the cost control, quantity survey, risk management and planning, a function that is mandatory in France, but not yet very common in Belgium. Arcadis has proven to be a reliable partner for this type of infrastructure work both in Belgium and abroad. In Paris, Arcadis was also appointed as ‘assistant au maître d’ouvrage’ (assistant to the project supervisor) for the expansion of the metro network, ‘Le Grand Paris Express.’
The new route will run from the Brussels North station to the new maintenance workshop in Haren. The new stations on this line are Liedts, Colignon, Verboekhoven, Riga, Linde, Vrede and Bordet.