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Multiforms in $14m King Abdullah Sports City deal

Architectural firm will design facade for site's football stadium

What King Abdullah Sports City will look like
What King Abdullah Sports City will look like
Saudi's King Abdullah is developing the country's sporting facilities
Saudi's King Abdullah is developing the country's sporting facilities

Architectural facade provider Multiforms has started work on the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah after winning a SR53.5m ($14m) contract.

Awarded by the joint venture of Besix and Al Muhaidib, the deal comprises over 43,000m2 of steel and aluminum facade and internal glass curtain walls for the 60,000 seater football stadium, the centrepiece of the development.

Three dimensional modeling of the facade is underway, and works are planned to start on site in November with anticipated completion in early 2014.

“The project is the first of its kind for Multiforms in KSA,” said business development director Paul Haslam. “It is one of the most complicated structures that we have undertaken and will require the highest level of precision in design and production to ensure its success.”

Mr Haslam said it was too early to say how many workers would be deployed, but his rough guess was 150-200 in total, at this stage.

He also confirmed that firm was tendering to build the facades for the venue's multi-purpose sports hall, and it has an eye on winning sports projects in Qatar, which will play host to the 2022 World Cup.

Multiforms has worked on several schemes across the Kingdom, completing projects like King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Princess Noura University.

It is currently working on the Burj Rafal and The Haramein High Speed Rail link in Al-Madinah.

 

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