Next generation of semi-permanent buildings deployed on massive entertainment, sports and cultural destination in KSA
Losberger De Boer, a European temporary buildings expert, has announced that it has achieved record breaking build times on the Qiddiya entertainment, sports and cultural destination project in Saudi Arabia, through the deployment of the next generation of semi-permanent buildings.
In a statement, the company said that it had been contracted by Duvent, a UAE-based events management company that is part of Meraas Leisure and Entertainment Group, to deliver a range of next-generation, semi-permanent buildings that included administrative offices, visitor centres, entertainment and exhibition halls. Losberger was able to construct all the required facilities within a tight sixty-day completion deadline, the statement added.
Qiddiya is the first-of-its-kind entertainment resort in Saudi Arabia. One of three ‘giga projects’ that are at the heart of the Kingdom’s ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 National Transformation Strategy, the project will cover 334 square kilometres when complete. Located 40km from Riyadh, it is planned to be 2.5 times the size of Walk Disney World and will include holiday homes, water parks, cultural venues, motor sports and a Six Flags theme park.
In total, Losberger De Boer has deployed 15 semi-permanent buildings of varying sizes and shapes at Qiddiya. These buildings offer both style and functionality, the company said, pointing out that contemporary designs were utilised, with an emphasis on the ‘optimum use of space’. The circular ‘Panorama Dome’ is the only one of its kind in KSA, it added. This was used to welcome King Salman at the official launch of the project, which took place earlier this year.
“Qiddiya is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 national transformation plans to increase household spending on cultural and entertainment activities inside Saudi from the current level of 2.9 to 6 per cent. In total, our crew worked 9,360 hours over 36 days plus internal fit-out time.
“This allowed turnkey delivery of this project to be achieved within only sixty days, compared to one to two years for traditional permanent builds. This is a key capability our company is known for,” said Waleed Khaled, sales director of Losberger De Boer Middle East.
Sustainability has also been a key feature of the semi-permanent building solutions being deployed on the entertainment destination, as they can be dismantled and reused in a new location as and when business conditions change, he added.
As most models are already factory manufactured, temporary structure use is a zero-carbon choice compared to a new permanent building, Khaled explained. Furthermore, because the latest insulation technology has been deployed, there is a 40% decrease in the use of power for HVAC, as compared to more traditional temporary structures. This drives substantial economic and environmental benefits for customers.
“Sustainability was also a key concern for the developer and us, so in light of this we were pleased to be able to deliver our ISO 14001 environmentally certified building solution that ensures the needs of the planet were carefully balanced with delivering optimal business performance, while providing an unrivalled visitor experience to guests,” he asserted.
Losberger De Boer has delivered a range of temporary building solutions to clients across the GCC, including more than 400,000sqm of temporary structure stock materials across 70 systemised building products, with build times ranging from five days, through to four weeks on most projects, he concluded.