King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) will provide a new financial centre for Riyadh, the commercial heart of Saudi Arabia. BuroHappold Engineering provided strategic engineering and technical services to support that masterplan for this development, which will feature 59 towers located across a 1.6 million m² site in the north east of the city.
As the site is adjacent to two main highways into Riyadh, with two major interchanges nearby, access to the new district would prove challenging for staff of the Saudi stock exchange, head offices of financial institutions, and those working across the other planned retail, entertainment and cultural facilities.
We developed an integrated transport and mobility strategy that will see two new junctions created off the highways that will provide access to the new district, and its 40,000 car parking spaces. From there, a monorail system will rapidly transport car users directly to their places of work. An integral element of our transport scheme is also the creation of a new station on the planned Riyadh Metro system, which will link to the monorail and help reduce people’s reliance on cars.
Our engineers applied this future-thinking approach across other aspects of the masterplan, including the use of an integrated district cooling system that will provide significant cost savings while reducing the energy consumption of individual building systems. We also undertook significant sustainability assessments, culminating in the production of a full Environmental Impact Assessment for the Presidency of Meteorology and the Environment.
As well as creating a new financial hub for Saudi Arabia and enriching the reputation of the Kingdom’s capital city, the KAFD will deliver 12,000 new homes, thousands more jobs, and beautiful public spaces for all of Riyadh to enjoy.
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