Archirodon wins contract for The Red Sea Project enabling works

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jul 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Greek construction company Archirodon has won a contract from The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) for enabling works at the 28,000km² The Red Sea Project luxury tourism development on Saudi Arabia’s west coast.

The contract involves the construction of a 3.3km crossing to Shurayrah, the main hub island for the first phase of the project. Two coastal jetties and four island jetties will also be constructed as part of the contract.

Work under the contract is expected to be completed by November 2020.

The hub island will feature nine hotels, as well as retail, leisure and entertainment amenities. The crossing will consist of two causeways linked by a bridged span.

The crossing route, which will use existing land masses, has been modelled to protect marine life and ensure water flows.

Under the plans, the initial structure will be built upon later to provide the permanent crossing to the hub island when the destination opens, to lessen the environmental impact of construction.

The jetty on one outer lagoon island will be attached to a floating platform moored to two pylons for stability.

This arrangement is intended to protect the corals, while facilitating the offloading of men, materials and machinery onto the island.

The project will use prefabrication and modular construction to minimise construction workers on site and limit the environmental footprint.

Rocks for the causeways are being sourced from local quarries and the first shipment has already been delivered.

Local companies will also be involved in areas such as sourcing of labour and the supply of ready-mix concrete, fuel, steel box girders, cross bracing frames, and support services.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and will include 14 luxury hotels with over 3,000 rooms, built over five islands and two inland resorts.

The project will also include a yachting marina, entertainment facilities, airport, and logistics and utilities infrastructure.

The Red Sea Project, which will include more than 90 pristine islands and lagoons, will also feature mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, desert vistas and ancient cultural and heritage sites.

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Image: The Red Sea Development Company John Pagano (left) and Archirodon CEO Dennis Karapiperis signing the contract for marine enabling infrastructure in Riyadh. Photo: Courtesy of The Red Sea Development Company.

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