BFG International Awarded King Abdullah Railway Station Roof System

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BFG International, A supplier of composite architectural products in the Gulf region, has been awarded the contract, for the design, supply and installation of the roof system for the King Abdullah railway station which is located approximately 80 km west of Jeddah

The Haramain High-speed Railway is a major infrastructure project for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, connecting the cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Altogether, the large, flexible stations will cover an area more than 30 times the size of London’s Trafalgar Square and will initially accommodate an anticipated 60 million passengers – approximately six times the number of passengers that take the Eurostar from St Pancras each year

The modular approach to the stations’ design is complemented by variations in colour, which signify the four cities while remaining emblematic of the HHR system. The terminal stations of Medina and Makkah are characterised by a rich colour palette: Makkah Station references the gold leaf of the decorated Kab’ah and the city’s significance as a holy site, while Madinah Station’s vivid green colour draws inspiration from the Mosque of the Prophet. Jeddah Station features a shade of purple which has a particular resonance with the city and KAEC’s station is a futuristic blue and silver, representative of its role as a modern new city. Drawing on Islamic architecture, the design concept takes the traditional gateway arch form as the basis for its roof design. The design, common to all stations, features a sequence of 25-metre-high arches rising from the concourse, complemented by smaller 9-metre-high arches at platform level. Supported by freestanding structural trees, repeated on a 27-metre square grid, the arches connect to form a flexible vaulted roof.

The work will comprise of approximately 34,400 square meters of epoxy cored roof panels, with bronze colored hexagonal stainless steel mosaic tiles with a bronze anodized curved aluminum acoustic suspended ceiling. The roof system will also incorporated more than 3,000 diamond shaped skylights complete with fresnels and stainless steel cladding.

images © Foster + Partners Buro Happold Joint Venture

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