RMD Kwikform has designed and supplied in excess of 15,000 tonnes of formwork and shoring solutions to main contractor Saudi Binladin Group for the expansion of the landmark Makkah Mosque in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Shamiyah Holy Haram Expansion 3 project as it’s officially called is situated adjacent to the Holy Haram mosque in Mekkah, the location of Kaaba where all Muslims direct their daily prayers from around the world, and will provide additional facilities for 2.5 million people during their Hajj pilgrimage. The stunning 250,000m² of ornate prayer halls, ceremonial halls and courtyards is the largest project RMD Kwikform Saudi Arabia has undertaken in the region to date.
Having delivered the first RMD Kwikform equipment to site in July 2010, Saudi Binladin Group has expressed its total satisfaction with the designs, solutions and industry leading support supplied throughout such a fast paced and highly technical project.
The overall scope for equipment designed and supplied by RMD Kwikform covers four main areas of construction throughout the site; the first is the centerpiece of the overall design, the main 5,000m² central ceremonial area.
The ceremonial area contains a number of impressive insitu concrete engineering features including the multi arched north and south entrance gates and the magnificent 14m high grand arches supporting the mosque’s 60 metre high central dome. Equipment supplied for the construction of the ceremonial area included configurations assembled from heavy duty Megashor towers, R700 trusses, Superslim, Albeam, Rapidshor, Maxima panels and a specially made 25 ton arch support former for the south main entrance.
Complimenting the central ceremonial area is seventy-four, 400 square metre prayer halls spread across three floors for which RMD Kwikform supplied 100 tonnes of formwork and falsework to support a staggering 1,600 tonnes of concrete structural frame. Configurations formed from Alshor Plus, Alform beams, and purpose designed and fabricated negative arch supports were designed and supplied by RMD Kwikform for the construction of supporting columns, beams and the support of precast artificial stone soffits.
The remaining areas consisted of the supplying solutions for the construction of perimeter elevations, atriums and the erection of impressive 140m high artificial stone minarets that stand either side of the main north entrance gate.
James Dewar, RMD Kwikform Saudi Arabia’s Regional Director comments on the success of this project and the sheer scale of the task at hand, “The RMD Kwikform team has taken on a massive undertaking with the Shamiyah Holy Haram Expansion 3 project. From the initial preparation in tendering for this project to the complex formwork and shoring designs that have made this project possible the RMD Kwikform team has acquitted itself admirably, this is a real benchmark project that showcases the level of expertise and support RMD Kwikform has at its disposal.”
RMD Kwikform is not only supporting the construction of the Makkah Mosque project but also the training and development of Saudi Binladin Group staff in the effective and safe use of RMD Kwikform equipment onsite. To date, RMD Kwikform has conducted in excess of 2,000 staff training sessions on the Makkah Mosque Project. James Dewar, continues “The level of support supplied by our team on this project is unsurpassed in this market, it shows real commitment to our customers and proves without a doubt that we go beyond what is traditionally expected of a supplier in this industry and that we are experts and leaders in our field.”