| Italy-based Pilosio, a leading international company in the production of temporary structures for the construction and oil & gas industries, has won a record supply contract for a building project in Makkah.|
Pilosio’s partner in this operation is Arabian Roots Scaffolding & Formwork, a branch of the Arab giant in the building products distribution sector, with which the Italian company sealed another important contract some months ago for the new Jeddah airport.
As per the contract, Pilosio will supply a huge quantity of Magnum Plus vertical formwork, Simplex Table and Linear floors and MP multidirectional structures from its Italian unit for the construction of the buildings in the northern zone of the Makkah area.
Announcing the contract win, CEO Dario Roustayan said this was the most important operation in the history of the Italian company.
Roustayan will be assisted in the operation by Mohamed Kassem, the export manager for the Mena and Africa region along with their Saudi counterparts represented by Tarek Alnassar, managing director of Arabian Roots Scaffolding & Formwork.
Pilosio chief executive pointed out that the overall work schedule would be in three phases.
First phase comprises construction of a majestic central building, development of new courtyards and access routes around the mosque, which include pedestrian passages, tunnels and toilets, and then the implementation of services and infrastructure in the area to guarantee air conditioning, constant electrical power and drinking water for all the pilgrims, as well as high safety standards.
On completion, the first building will have 17 floors on an overall area of 106,000 sq m standing tall at 111 metres, of which 80 m will be above ground.
The second will be a 20-storeyed building spread over a total area of 154,000 sq m standing at a height of 120 m, of which 97 m will be above ground. The third building will have 15 floors on 72,000 sq m and will rise to 101 metres, 87 metres above ground.
According to Roustayan, the Saudi government has earmarked billions of dollars for the extension and upgrade of the entire area of the mosque.
"At present, the area covers a total of 365,000 sq m and can accommodate 770,000 pilgrims. But with the completion of the expansion project, the mosque area will exceed 465,000 sq m and will be able to accommodate up to 1.2 million visitors," he added.