Jeddah Airport Grows for the Future with Flowcrete
02 Jun 2015
- Flowcrete in the Middle East has been partnering with the King Abdulaziz International Airport.
- The Deckshield range is an environmental advantage.
- Flowcrete in the Middle East has become a popular flooring partner for the Gulf region’s large-scale commercial construction developments.
(KAIA) on its Master Plan to become a gateway to the region by enhancing its infrastructure and significantly increasing passenger capacity.
The New KAIA Project will allow 70-80 million annual passengers to move through the Jeddah based airport by 2035. This impressive growth will be achieved without adding additional runways but through developments such as a 670,000m2 passenger terminal complex, a new transportation centre and a landmark, 136m high control tower.
To prepare for the arrival of roughly six times today’s number of visitors, it was essential that the KAIA’s car parking facilities were upgraded. Flowcrete in the Middle East has been working with the airport to supply 600,000m2 of its high performance deck coating systems Deckshield ID and Deckshield ED to create a hard wearing floor finish in its new car park areas.
It was imperative for the KAIA that the building materials used across its new developments would be able to reliably withstand the intense challenges of such a large and complex operation.
The full polyurethane formulation of Deckshield makes it a highly reliable flooring system within such environments. This reliability stems from the combination of a polyurethane topcoat with a polyurethane primer, which makes it less brittle than systems that use an epoxy primer. Thanks to this advantage, Deckshield is better able to withstand the deflection within the slabs and decks of a car park that are caused by intense multiflow traffic.
Flowcrete in the Middle East’s Vik Vithlani said: “The strong bond with which Deckshield adheres to the substrate is an important part of its ability to prevent floor failure. To prove its strength, the Deckshield that has been applied onsite has already undergone adhesion testing. The results of these tests are very good and the KAIA can be confident of achieving a long lasting finish throughout its new car park.”
As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) leading airport, serving not only the kingdom’s commercial centre of Jeddah but also acting as the entry point for many pilgrims going to Makkah and Madinah, aesthetics was also a key consideration - making it crucial that an attractive, well maintained appearance is presented to visitors at all times.
The durability and strength of Deckshield means that it will be able to maintain a seamless and unblemished surface despite years of heavy traffic moving in tight circles, exposure to the elements, spillages of automotive oils, corrosive chemicals and frequent cleaning with hot water.
Flowcrete in the Middle East’s Vik Vithlani added: “We’re exceptionally proud to be working with the King Abdulaziz International Airport on their impressive expansion project.
“This is one of the region’s most high-profile airports and the current development work will turn it into an international aviation hub that will promote KSA’s economic spirit and support the nation’s air transportation system.
“Flowcrete in the Middle East’s Deckshield car park coatings have been designed to provide a colourful floor finish that will optimise the space through benefits such as slip resistance, tyre squeal reduction, substrate protection and navigational signage.”
A strong emphasis has been placed on environmental sustainability throughout the design, construction and operation of the airport’s new facilities and it has committed to achieving the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver status.
Flowcrete in the Middle East has worked to remove toxic substances from its products and it has streamlined its manufacturing, transportation and installation practises to cut down on environmentally harmful waste. The resin flooring specialists have even designed flooring systems with recycled industrial material to further reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
The longevity of Deckshield is also an environmental advantage, as it reduces the need to repair or refurbish the car park floor for long periods of time, therefore avoiding the environmental and financial impact that this work incurs.
Flowcrete in the Middle East has become a popular flooring partner for the Gulf region’s large-scale commercial construction developments. Other prestigious flooring projects currently being undertaken include delivering 40,000m2 of Deckshield to the Mall of the Emirates (Dubai) and 48,000m2 of Deckshield ED is being supplied to the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah).
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete UK’s Middle East office is based in the Al Quoz Industrial Area, Dubai, and is part of Flowcrete Europe & Middle East, one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.