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Capita Symonds unveils plans for Saudi scheme

13 Dec 11 Plans for a new £20m mixed-use development on the east coast of Saudi Arabia have been unveiled by Capita Symonds.

The 50,000 sq ft development has been designed for a private client and comprises six floors of open-plan office space, retail units on the ground floor and a new gymnasium and spa facility.

The design features a triple-skinned facade with chevrons of stainless steel set apart as a grid by 1,000 LED-lit faceted acrylic crystals - each held in place by a plated gold finial.

The roof is formed as a balanced wing with tapering edges to all sides and has a gold leaf soffit to reflect light and activity on the ‘executive’ top floor, which in turn features a prayer space as well as boardrooms and private offices.

Chris Boyce of Capita Symonds said: “The project explores the way a facade can alter the internal environment by providing shade, and at the same time can deliver very different visual impact at differing times of the day and night. The crystals on the facade and gold leaf underside to the roof are a nod to the client’s connections to the precious stones and gold trade.”

Work is expected to start on site in spring with the project due for completion in 2013.

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