• Capabilities: Program Management, Cost Management, Environmental Solutions
  • Sectors: Natural Resources, Commercial Developers

King Abdullah Sports City stadium

Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Middle East - Established by Royal Decree in 2009, the King Abdullah Sports City is located in the Makkah province of Saudi Arabia. It provides world class sporting facilities for the Saudi community. Arcadis understands the complexity of turning a plan into actuality and a project into a wider city program.

24

Months to complete

60,000

Seat stadium

The iconic stadium was officially opened by King Abdullah at the inaugural event of the King's Cup final on the 1st May 2014.

Saudi Aramco required project and commercial management expertise for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of its main stadium and associated sports facilities.

In early 2012, Arcadis commenced work on the 60,000 seat stadium, consisting of five levels, with logistics at levels one and two, spectators’ concourses at levels three and five, VVIP premium lounge areas on level three point five and royal area with 18 VIP boxes on level four.

The superstructure (bowl and concourse) of the main stadium was completed in less than six months under an accelerated
program. 

At the peak of construction there were over 8,000 site operatives working two, twelve hour shifts.

  • Completion of the main stadium was achieved in 24 months, resulting in a world record nomination for the fastest construction of a stadium.

  • Our comprehensive understanding of stadia design, procurement processes and construction management expertise ensured the critical interfaces between the client’s delivery team, contractor/sub-contractor, asset manager and operator were successfully managed to achieve completion and handover of the main stadium within two years.

  • The professional approach in managing multi-discipline teams from many different nationalities whilst managing the shortage of materials and ongoing design was fundamental in progress of the site works.

  • The exemplary service provided by our commercial team has resulted in the successful audit of the project by the client’s independent auditors. This reflects the close working relationship between our commercial team and the client’s in house business managers.

“The road to delivering this project, which at times seemed insurmountable given the extremely challenging schedule and the dependence on other parties, was achieved in remarkable fashion due only to the dedication, diligence and commitment of every person involved. The scale of this monumental task while never underestimated by management put incredible pressure on those involved and it is testament to the capacity and professionalism of the King Abdullah Sports City Project Management Team that we are here today celebrating our success on the completion of an outstanding achievement.”


Outcomes

24

Months to complete

60,000

Seat stadium

2014

Year of completion

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