SMEC has been appointed to undertake the design review and verification of architecture, structures and MEP Services (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing). The scope of work includes all temporary works, six new stations, tunneling and depot works. All stations and infrastructure need to be specially engineered to cater to the high-speed movement of the trains.
The finished railway line will feature a 7km under water tunnel, several major bridges and over 450km of elevated track. Elevated viaducts will represent over 90% of the total length of the corridor.
The newly proposed rail stations will incorporate distinct architectural features, capturing the ethos of each city. For example, the concept design for Surat station (known as the diamond city) proposes a diamond themed façade. Working closely with lead contractor Larsen & Toubro and the National High Speed Rail Corporation, SMEC is tasked with coordinating all design approvals and providing certification in accordance safety, comfort, expandability and sustainability.
At the end of 2021, technical design for all stations and the depot had achieved 75% completion. Construction also commenced on temporary works with final ‘good for construction’ drawings set to be completed in 2022.
National High Speed Rail Corporation