Multiforms starts facade work on SABIC centre

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An artist's impression of the upcoming SABIC research centre.
An artist's impression of the upcoming SABIC research centre.

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Multiforms, the facade specialist, said it has started work on installing the facade for SABIC’s Plastic Applications Development Centre in Riyadh, a contract worth SAR 22m.

The mandate for UAE-based Multiforms is a mixture of systems including unitised and stick curtain walling, structural glazing, bespoke shading and glazed entrances. The centre is expected to be operational by the beginning of the third quarter of 2013.

“Multiforms were delighted to secure the façade contract with SABIC on a development where the façade is both technically and architecturally demanding,” said Paul Haslam, business development manager. “Multiforms recognises the importance of working with one of the leading clients in Riyadh and see the new headquarters building as an opportunity to foster strong links with SABIC for the future.”

The centre, a research hub for the petrochemicals giant, will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East over 8ha, which includes 4.3ha of built-up space and will be 60 metres high at its tallest point. It is located in Riyadh Techno Valley in the heart of King Saud University in the kingdom’s capital.

In 2009 SABIC appointed Saudi architect Zuhair Fayez, in partnership with the US-based firm KlingStubbins, for all design and engineering for the centre. El Seif Engineering Contracting, another Saudi giant, is the main contractor.

Multiforms competes for contracts to provide facades as well as glass, aluminium and uPVC windows and doors in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Holding and Dubai’s Emaar Industries and Investments, the real estate company, are key shareholders. Current major projects include Burj Rafal and two parcels of the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, and the third phase of UAE University in Al Ain.

This year the company opened new production facilities in Riyadh to boost its supply capabilities around the kingdom.

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