The wins are in line with the group’s strategy to capitalise on the Saudi Arabia’s buoyant construction market and diversify its presence across the Middle East.
Sweett will be providing a full range of cost management services in supporting Germany-based architect Gerber Architekten to deliver two public attractions in the heart of the KAFD, the Info.HUB and Butterfly Dome.
Info.HUB includes a library, media activity rooms, a tourist information area, exhibition space and other community facilities totalling a built-up area of 44,000m2. The building has been designed as a contemporary interpretation of a desert mushroom.
The Butterfly Dome, with its spherical envelope designed to provide the optimal internal environment for the world’s most exotic butterfly species, will offer visitors a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the financial district.
The two commissions are the latest of Sweett Group’s expanding portfolio within KAFD in addition to other current projects which include the iconic Capital Market Authority tower, Museum of the Built Environment, Men’s and Women’s Spa and three mixed-use towers.
Spencer Wylie, director of cost management, MENA, said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of our key strategic focus areas as we look to strengthen our position and service offering in the region. These further commissions within the King Abdullah Financial District in support of Gerber Architekten, who are producing some very exciting architecture, are testament to our strong incumbent project and cost management teams already delivering high profile schemes in and around Riyadh.”