Jenan City plans revised

Height restrictions in Al Khobar force project re-think

The new plans show a cluster of towers and low rise buildings
The new plans show a cluster of towers and low rise buildings

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A new design for a high-rise development in Al Khobar has been published by architect NORR Consultants.

The Jenan City development, which was originally unveiled in the summer 2010, has been redesigned after height restrictions forced a reduction in the size of the project, which had originally contained two twin high-rise towers.

The new plans, revealed today, show horizontally massed low-rise buildings punctuated by towers, which vary in height from 12 to 37 floors. The buildings are situated either side of the main thoroughfare into Saudi Arabia’s eastern petro-chemical hub, and contain a mix of residential, hospitality and commercial.

The Ingenium Group, NORR’s parent company, also announced today that its architecture arm will be opening an office in Al Khobar by April this year.

“This project is one of three NORR is currently designing in Al Khobar. As a result of these successes, we are registering our group in Saudi Arabia and expect to have our office operational in Al Khobar by April of this year,” said Victor Smith, president and CEO of the Ingenium Group.

Yahya Jan, NORR vice president and design director, added that the project’s massing responds to the site’s environmental challenges.

“We used the results from computational fluid dynamic studies and physical wind tunnel models in order to locate buildings and openings to create outdoor spaces that respond to the region’s desert environment,” he said.

“The massing of the project, with the highest buildings in the west and openings in buildings along the north edge of the site, is intended to make the most of the prevailing winds.”

At 290,000m2 of construction area, Jenan City is the largest privately-owned project currently under development in Saudi Arabia. The project is slated to commence construction this summer with completion targeted for the end of 2013.

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