Italian firm wins construction project in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

grandmosque menjThe construction work is aimed mainly at creating more space for pilgrims and giving them comfortable accommodation. (Image source: Menj/Flickr)Italian construction solutions provider Pilosio has won a contract involving construction of buildings in the northern zone of Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Trade Arabia News Service has reported that Pilosio’s partner in the operation will be Arabian Roots Scaffolding & Formwork.

According to the contract, Pilosio will supply magnum plus vertical formwork, simplex tables, linear floors and MP multidirectional structures from its Italian unit for the construction work.

Pilosio CEO Dario Roustayan claimed the contract win was the most important operation in the history of the Italian company.  

Roustayan added the overall work will be scheduled in three phases.

The first phase will comprise the construction of a central building, development of new courtyards and access routes around the mosque, which will include pedestrian passages, tunnels and toilets.

The second phase will include the construction of a 20-storey building spread over a total area of 154,000 sq m standing at a height of 120 metres, of which 97 metres will be above ground. The third phase will see the construction of a building with 15 floors spread over 72,000 sq m.

According to Roustayan, the Saudi Arabian government has earmarked billions of dollars for the extension and upgrade of the entire area around the mosque.

“At present, the area covers a total of 365,000 sq m and can accommodate 770,000 pilgrims. But, with the completion of the expansion project, the mosque area will exceed 465,000 sq m and will be able to accommodate up to 1.2mn visitors,” he added.

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