Premier Composite Technologies (PCT, Dubai, U.A.E.) reported on March 1 that it has been awarded a contract to supply the composite roof and interior ceiling for the Medinah Station of Haramain High Speed Railway in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The contract was signed with Yapi Merkezi - SBG Consortium, which has been granted turnkey construction of the Mecca and Medinah railway stations for the Haramain High Speed railway project in Saudi Arabia.
Roofing panels and interior ceiling will be built out of advanced composite materials and will cover a surface area of 26,000 m2/279,862 ft2. Production will commence in June. The contract was awarded after PCT worked successfully alongside architects Foster + Partners and Buro Happold during the design phase to develop a suitable fire-retardant composite solution and 1:1 prototype panel, about 13 m2/140 ft2 large.
All panels will be built out of advanced composite materials so that they can be easily lifted into place and installed onsite. Production at PCT will begin in June 2012. The panels consist of a fire-resistant sandwich of glass fiber and epoxy resin semi-preg combined with a lightweight core. 2,048 of the panels will be required for the entire surface.
The Haramain High Speed Railway project is a 444-km/1,457-ft high-speed intercity rail network that will link the cities of Medinah, Mecca and Jeddah via the King Abdullah Economic City.
Connecting each line will be four railway passenger stations that will be based at each of the cities. The signing of the contract with PCT follows the successful build and installation of the composite cladding, facades, clock faces and clock hands of the Dokaae Clock Tower (Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) that was completed by PCT at the end of 2011 (see link at right for full story).