News - 31 July 2020

Doha Metro Wins Prestigious Infrastructure Award

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation has awarded the Doha Metro with its esteemed International Award 2020.

The Doha Metro, the Qatari capital’s state-of-the-art driverless metro system, won the CIHT’s International Award 2020.

The award recognises outstanding examples of highways and transportation infrastructure or services from outside the UK and Ireland.

The judges awarded the prize to the Doha Metro for its originality and innovation, highlighting that they were impressed with the quality of execution, with the architectural design and the use of materials and technologies, with the speediness of project delivery, and with the overall positive internal and external feedback the project has received.

Phase 1 of the Doha Metro, operated by Qatar Rail, was recently completed and includes 37 stations and 3 lines.

To ensure this large network of terminals maintains a cohesive identity as it grows, at the request of Qatar Rail UNStudio created a Branding Manual, outlining our concept design in detail.

This manual contains an extensive set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines to assure all of the structures in the design are built in line with our overall design concept.

Ben van Berkel, UNStudio’s founder and principal architect explained: “Through the production of a design manual and with the use of adaptive parametric design, it has been possible to create a design with many variants, yet one which maintains a coherent identity throughout all of the stations.”

Doha Metro was shortlisted for the CIHT’s award alongside infrastructure projects in the US, Africa, Asia and Southeast Europe.

The CIHT is a leading voice of the highways and transportation infrastructure profession, and represents and qualifies professionals who plan, design, build, manage and operate transport and infrastructure.

This is the second year in which the CIHT has included the international category in its award programme.