HyperloopTT appoints design firm for Abu Dhabi system
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT, HTT) has appointed design and engineering firm, Dar Al-Handasah (founding member of the Dar Group), to assist in bringing the Abu Dhabi commercial system to reality.
Dar Al-Handasah joins the project as design lead and as the latest investor in HyperloopTT. Dar Al-Handasah’s team includes Dar Group members: Perkins+Will (architects, USA), T.Y. Lin International (engineers, USA), GPO Group (engineers, Spain) and Currie & Brown (cost management consultants, UK).
Construction of the Hyperloop commercial track as well as HyperloopTT’s XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center is targeted to begin in Q3 2019.
A rendering of the Hyperloop station in Abu Dhabi
Earlier this year, HyperloopTT signed an MoU with Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi’s leading listed property development, investment and management company, which, when executed, will allow for the creation of a new HyperloopTT centre.
This centre will include a full scale commercial Hyperloop system, an XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center. The proposed site within Aldar’s Seih Al Sderieh landbank is also conveniently located on the border of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.
“We are bringing the future of rapid transportation technology to all those living in the UAE,” said HyperloopTT chairman Bibop Gresta.
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the continued commitment and determination of all our partners, both within the UAE and abroad. As we move forward with the system we invite other interested organizations in the region and around the world to join us in making history,” he added.
The Hyperloop system would connect the UAE's far-flung cities in minutes rather than hours.
“With today’s announcement of the appointment of Dar Al-Handasah, Perkins and Wills, and Currie and Brown, we have achieved a significant milestone towards the construction of the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Alghadeer,” said HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn.
"We are extremely honoured to be part of this global movement in mobility and rapid transportation and are looking forward to collaborating with HyperloopTT to deliver a truly iconic project in Abu Dhabi," said Talal Shair, chairman of Dar Group.
HyperloopTT is one of two UAE-linked companies looking to make use of the magnetic levitation rail technology for freight and passenger services.
Virgin Hyperloop One has previously indicated that Dubai would be its Middle East headquarters while it plans to develop a passenger and freight system in India.
Those plans were called into question last week with the shock resignation of Sir Richard Branson as chairman, but DP World, a principle investor, has insisted the project will continue as planned.