Newtecnic to oversee completion of futuristic Saudi transport hub

NewtecBACS Consortium has appointed Newtecnic, global building engineering firm, to oversee the construction stage of the advanced and complex façade envelope of King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro hub in Saudi Arabia

Newtecnic engineered KAFD’s intricate façade to reduce solar gain and produce air currents aiming to keep the building cool. The company said that its building research team has developed new algorithms to achieve this performance level.

Planned to deal with Riyadh’s expected 50 per cent growth in the coming years, KAFD takes part in the new citywide transport system, which comprises of six metro lines, 85 stations and more than 100 miles of track.

The project has been scheduled to be completed in 2018, said the company.

Complexity is produced by the continuity of KAFD’s self-supporting and 200m-long concrete-composite walls and roof. In order to produce the structure, Newtecnic will partner with the Engineering Department of Cambridge University to invent and develop new adjustable building components and fixing methods.

The company further stated that all excess and waste have been removed to substantially reduce the overall cost of the building.

The KAFD hub aims to emphasise the building’s importance as a dynamic and dramatic multi-functional public city space. Efficiency of pedestrian routes and connectivity are the basis of the internal design and this architectural concept extends to the building’s envelope, noted Newtecnic.

Andrew Watts, founder of Newtecnic, said, “We will examine and approve the work of several contractors ensuring the project is completed efficiently and accurately and that all building components and fabrications are quality assured before they are used.”

To achieve this, Newtecnic deploys technology that aims to reduce fragmentation, unifies documentation and safely speeds up design and construction by introducing concurrent and collaborative working methods.

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