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Exacting work in Saudi

RMD Kwikform has designed and supplied in excess of 15,000t of formwork and shoring solutions to main contractor Saudi Binladin Group for the expansion of the landmark Makkah Mosque in Saudi Arabia. NCE reports.

Makkah Mosque Shamiyah Holy Haram Expansion

Rising to the challenge: RMD Kwikform began work on the site in 2010

The Shamiyah Holy Haram Expansion 3 project, as it’s officially called, is situated next to the Holy Haram mosque in Mekkah, the location of Kaaba to which all Muslims direct their daily prayers from around the world, and will provide additional facilities for 2.5M people during their Hajj pilgrimage.

“The area contains a number of insitu concrete engineering features, including the multi-arched north and south entrance gates”

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. The firm delivered its first pieces of equipment to site in July 2010.

The overall scope for equipment designed and supplied by RMD covers four main areas of construction throughout the site; the first is the centrepiece of the overall design, the main 5,000m2 central ceremonial area.

This area contains a number of insitu concrete engineering features, including the multi-arched north and south entrance gates and the 14m high grand arches supporting the mosque’s 60m high central dome.

Equipment 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 25t arch support former for the south main entrance.

Complementing the central ceremonial area are 74, 400m2 prayer halls spread across three floors, for which RMD supplied 100t of formwork and falsework to support a staggering 1,600tof structural concrete frame.

Makkah Mosque

Under pressure: More than 2.5M pilgrims visit the site during the Hajj

Configurations formed from Alshor Plus, Alform beams, and purpose designed and fabricated negative arch supports were designed and supplied for the construction of supporting columns, beams and the support of precast artificial stone soffits.

The remaining areas required 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.

RMD Kwikform is also training Saudi Binladin Group staff in the effective and safe use of its equipment onsite, and has to date, conducted in excess of 2,000 staff training sessions on the Makkah Mosque project.

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