Public Pensions Authority (PPA) Capital Market Authority (CMA)
Henning Larsens Tegnestue
The construction of a large prestigious financial district is a considerable element in the development of Riyadh, the most important trading capital in the Middle East. The development will comprise of the Saudi stock exchange, head offices of financial institutions, general offices, retail, accommodation, entertainment and cultural facilities with a total floor area of approximately 3 million square metres. Buro Happold provided strategic engineering and technical services to support the masterplanning for a new Financial District for Riyadh, on a vacant 180 hectare
site in the North East of the City.
The main objectives of the security master plan for Riyadh’s new financial district was to provide a secure infrastructure and transport arrangement that would give confidence to potential tenants and investors. The plan considered threats to the prestigious development for now and the future. Urban security planning and building separation would be vital if constraints for construction were to be imposed in order to realise the aesthetic hopes for the development as a whole.
The security master plan was approved by the client; HS&S were able to demonstrate an infrastructure that provided a level redundancy and resilience that would achieve the objectives set. The solutions included the separating of domestic and commercial traffic with a central ‘tagging station’ where security functions could be achieved without affecting employees and visitors to the city.