- Royal Commission of Riyadh City (Riyadh Development Authority) - Saudi Arabia
- Address :
- Pin : 94501
- City : Riyadh 11614
- Telephone : (+966-11) 488 3331
- Fax : (+966-11) 482 9331
It is understood that the three lines in this development are set to open by mid-2020. The three lines will include Line 2, 3 and 4, while the remaining lines will be opened by end 2020. Work is progressing as scheduled without delay. All the heavy construction has been completed and all of the trains have been delivered.
Tecfire has been awarded a sub-contract for The Olaya Metro Station. Salumco (The Saudi Aluminum Industries Co.) has awarded the project and Tecfire will manufacture, supply and supervise the installation of the required glazing systems for this project. Tecfire will be providing it’s very own SteelFire fire-rated glass systems consisting of glass curtain walls, glass doors, and glass partitions. The products are tested and certified in accordance to NFPA Standards (National Fire Protection Association), NFPA is an international nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Tecfire fire-rated glass systems successfully passed all tests conducted for the American (NFPA) standard as stipulated in NFPA 251 and 252: for standard methods of test of fire resistance of building construction and materials and standard methods of fire tests of door assemblies, respectively.
WellAir, a leading manufacturer of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and portable air purification products has announced that its plasma air ionisation solutions have been deployed at the Riyadh Metro Project. The contract for the plasma air ionisation solutions was awarded by Petra Engineering Industries. Petra's Jordan facility provided the HVAC ionisation equipment to lines 4, 5, and 6 and included Plasma Air in their systems. These ionisation systems are designed to safely control bacteria, mould, odours, and PM2.5 effectively. The new stations will now benefit greatly from clean indoor air, free from harmful pollutants and contaminants.
Construction works are under way for two additional stations connecting the Riyadh Metro to King Khalid International airport. This brings the total number of stations on the 176.5-kilometre Riyadh Metro network to 87. Construction work on the two stations could extend into 2020. The value of the contract for the two stations has not been disclosed. It is understood commissioning of the metro’s six lines will commence next year. Construction works are currently in progress on this scheme.
Construction works are currently in progress on this scheme.
King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) station is one of the four main stations of Riyadh Metro, thought to be the biggest elevated metro transfer station in the world at 32m high, 42m wide, and 232m long, it is raising the bar for architectural design and engineering, is currently taking shape. Located west of King Fahd Road adjacent to the under-construction KAFD, the station will serve as the main interchange for Riyadh Metro, connecting Lines 1, 4, and 6, with skybridge access to a separate monorail system. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, KAFD station features a complex geometric façade designed to resemble sine-waves. Against the backdrop of chrome and steel skyscrapers, the metallic curvature forming the glass-reinforced concrete façade helps the station standout as an architectural landmark of the future. Murray admits that the engineering behind the façade is equally impressive. One of the interesting things about this project is that the structure is freestanding over the station and ties in at ground level. As the external steel structure weighs approximately 4,237 tonnes (t) with a further 2,785t for the interior steel structure, transferring the weight loads directly to the foundations is an impressive feat of engineering. The pieces for the façade are made from curved steel initially welded in the UAE before being exported to Saudi and welded on site. During this stage the structure would sag by as much as 30cm and each side of the façade had to be built up at exactly the same time to prevent any temporary imbalances. It is the only station in the network that will have underfloor cooling. The idea here is to prevent hot air from rising out of the ground. Plans are already in place to recycle and retreat wastewater and the KAFD station may add solar power systems in the future, something that will support Saudi Arabia’s vision to a scale-up renewable energy. The station also has a smart city-style ENVAC system to transport waste across KAFD to a site where garbage is compressed, treated, and segregated. With seven elevators and 26 escalators, as well as two skybridges, people flow is something that seems to have been adequately taken care of. The station will also have a number of shops, two levels of parking, potential future baggage handling systems, and two prayer rooms to provide passengers with a range of services at the Riyadh Metro’s main station.