A joint venture of Foster + Partners and Buro Happold has been chosen to design four stations along a high-speed railway in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Haramain high-speed railway (HHR) will link the cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah, with state-of-the-art, high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 300km/h.

While all stations will share a common planning strategy, each will have a distinct identity and building envelope to respond to the respective cities they serve, Foster + Partners said.

“All will provide extensive facilities and a high-quality passenger experience, with generous circulation spaces and segregated arrival and departure zones,” the company said in a statement. “The public areas – including platforms – will be environmentally controlled to enhance comfort and will have filtered natural daylight throughout.”

By staff writer.