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Skylink Bridges, KAFD, Riyadh

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  • SYSTEM Shoring
  • PRODUCT Rapidshor
  • STRUCTURE TYPE Commercial
  • REGION MENA

RMD Kwikform has provided the shoring solutions for up to 90 skywalk link bridges, which interconnect all of the buildings at the KAFD, Riyadh. In order to support the tubular type bridges, ranging in height from 4.5m to 6m and of varying lengths, RMD Kwikform devised a shoring solution utilising Rapidshor modular shoring, combined with Superslim Soldier and Aluminum Alform Beam decking. This solution allowed the fast assembly cycle, with the jack allowing easy adjustment to suit the varying heights, creating a safe support for the skywalk bridges to be connected together and into the pre-existing buildings.

Contractor Al Ghurair used shoring from RMD Kwikform to install up to 90 Skywalk link bridges, designed to interconnect all the buildings at the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The tubular type bridges were installed in phases as new commercial buildings completed construction in the expanding financial district. Ranging in height from 4.5 metres to 6 metres, each steel fabricated Skywalk bridge is different in length, with a standard width of 4.5 metres. In order to support the installation of the first three bridges, a modular shoring solution was designed by RMD Kwikform engineers.

Commenting on the design Stuart Bland, RMD Kwikform Regional Manager said: “Due to the weight of the steel sections and the need for fast assembly cycles, we designed a solution using our 80kN modular Rapidshor shoring. This was combined with steel Superslim Soldier primary and aluminium Alform secondary beams to create a safe support for each steel section to rest on, allowing the Skywalk bridges to be connected together and into the fabric of the buildings.

“Thanks to the varying leg lengths of Rapidshor and the fine adjustment made possible using the system jack, it was simple for the Al Ghurair site team to achieve the desired height and support for each bridge.”

Supported by a member of the RMD Kwikform site assistance team, the Al Churair team were able to successfully install each of the steel and glass Skyway structures, allowing pedestrians to move from one building to the next in a climate controlled environment.

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