NACO and HOK Win Expansion Contract for Riyadh Airport, Saudi Arabia

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HOK to lead the design for the expansion of Riyadh Airport’s Terminals 3 and 4

NACO’s master plan for King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. HOK will now use the master plan to design the expansion of the airport. Image credit: NACO

HOK to lead the design for the expansion of King Khaled International Airport's (KKIA) terminals 3 and 4 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

NACO, its Saudi Arabian branch SADECO and global architect HOK have been awarded the contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants, a Royal HaskoningDHV company, and HOK will lead the design team for this prestigious project.

The consortium of NACO, SADECO and HOK will design the expansion of the existing terminals 3 and 4, which will enable the airport to handle 20-25 million passengers per year. Currently, the 30-year-old airport is handling approximately 15 million passengers annually. The expansion project will allow KKIA to meet the country’s economic growth of more than 5 percent per year. Total project costs are expected to be approximately US$ 800 million, with the expansion scheduled to be complete in 2015.

Design Team
NACO has been involved with the KKIA airport’s development since 2007 through various master planning and design projects. HOK was the original designer of the existing terminal complex nearly 30 years ago.

The team has worked together before and offers extensive expertise in the successful delivery of complex, high-profile airport projects such as the Beijing New International Airport. The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and KKIA will benefit from the best resources this team has to offer, including 40 years of experience in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Kjell Kloosterziel, director airport planning & building design at NACO and project director for the project said, “This challenging project keeps us involved in a critical component of the airport’s development program aimed at increasing capacity while at the same time elevating passenger experience to a world-class level.”

Richard Gammon, senior vice president, director of Aviation + Transportation at HOK said, “HOK’s aviation and transportation team has a global track record of delivering some of the world’s largest and most complex aviation and transportation facilities. We’re delighted to be working with the team at NACO, and it’s exciting for us to return to Riyadh. The expansion of terminals 3 and 4 will be vital in allowing the airport to meet increasing demand and support the country’s growing economy.”

By combining in-depth global, local and specific project knowledge with an integrated and collaborative approach, the SADECO / NACO / HOK team will deliver a successful, high-quality terminal design.

The design team will include structural engineers from Royal HaskoningDHV, MEP & systems engineers from Buro Happold and local architectural firm TKC.

HOK Aviation + Transportation’s current projects include the Gatwick Airport Expansion and Modernization in London, Bangalore International Airport Terminal 1 in India and the New Doha International Airport in Qatar, which will open in 2013.

NACO is an independent consultancy and engineering firm in every aspect of airport planning and design. It provides specialist know-how and services for the development of airports and all associated facilities. NACO has performed numerous studies, designed a large number of airports or parts thereof and produced detailed plans and specifications as well as supervised the construction of the works concerned. NACO is a member of Royal HaskoningDHV, a leading independent, international project management, engineering and consultancy service provider with nearly 8,000 professionals in 100 offices in 35 countries around the world. NACO is one of the key players of the Business Line Aviation, together with InterVISTAS.

SADECO (Hussein Abdullah Dabbagh Saudi Dutch Engineering Consulting Company) was established by NACO to serve its clients in Saudi Arabia. SADECO offers added value to Saudi clients by combining the international expertise and experience of Royal HaskoningDHV / NACO with the local knowledge and network of the Dabbagh Group.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with 24 offices. HOK's Aviation + Transportation group design high-performance terminals, stations, intermodal facilities, automatic people mover systems, light rail systems and other transportation facilities. The group has designed more than 350 projects worth more than US$ 100 billion, including the Gatwick Airport Expansion and Modernisation in London, Bangalore International Airport Terminal 1 in India and the New Doha International Airport in Qatar, which will open in 2013.

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