Qiddiya, Temporary structures, Losberger De Boer, Sustainability

Fifteen temporary buildings in Saudi Arabia set to accelerate progress on new entertainment city

Fifteen temporary buildings have been erected in 60 days to accelerate progress on Saudi Arabia's entertainment city, Qiddiya, Construction Week reported. 

Temporary offices, visitor centres, and exhibition halls that can be dismantled and re-purposed have been built by Losberger De Boer for the development.

By using semi-permanent buildings, Qiddiya has received 15 units in around two months, when traditional buildings could take up to two years to be completed.

Among the buildings was the circular Panorama Dome, the only one in the kingdom, which was used to welcome King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the launch of Qiddiya in April 2018.

Losberger De Boer was contracted by UAE-based event management firm Duvent to deploy the semi-permanent structures in a quick turnaround.

The buildings have insulation technology that can lead to a 40% reduction in power used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning when compared to similar permanent buildings. Khaled said sustainability was extremely important for the developer, which wanted to minimise the environmental impact of the one of Saudi's biggest construction projects.

Currently under development, Qiddiya is a 334km² entertainment city located approximately 40km from the kingdom's capital city and economic hub, Riyadh.

Once complete, Qiddiya will be more than two times the size of  Disney World in Florida, US, and will include a Six Flags-branded theme park, dozens of hotels and a cluster of amusement and entertainment facilities unparalleled in the region.