King Abdullah Sports City

1 Jun 2016

Townscape Products was chosen to provide a perimeter security solution for the $507 million King Abdullah Sport City development in Saudi Arabia.

With the specific remit to help devise a system which could effectively combat the threat of vehicle-borne terrorist attacks, Townscape Products provided a solution which offers robust perimeter security. This comprised 600 low profile PAS 68 Counter Terror Blocks, suited to the terrain, providing highly-effective protection over the large perimeter area in need of protection.

The Client

Known as ‘the jewel in the desert’, and estimated to cost $507million, the King Abdullah Sports City is a 60,000 seat sports facility which boasts the Kingdom’s first FIFA standard football venue, a 2,000 seat multi-purpose indoor stadium and a 1,000 seat athletics pitch alongside a Mosque, hotels and sports hospital. It is also home to Saudi Arabia’s two Premier League Football Clubs.

The Brief

Townscape was brought in as a security consultant by Saudi Arabian based contractors, MSIX, Samsung SDS and Light Weight Building Company, to ensure the sports city is safeguarded from vehicle borne terrorist attacks. Townscape’s HVM specialists were asked to travel to the site to consult on how to ensure the venue and its visitors are protected from any vehicle borne incursions.

The Installation

The Townscape Counter Terror (CT) Block was the ideal solution, the 100mm low profile foundation is suited to the local terrain and the prestigious PAS 68 mark was a vital requirement specified by the owners to ensure the highest level of perimeter security was achieved.

600 of Townscape’s PAS 68 CT Blocks were manufactured locally under an international licencing agreement and installed as part of a £1.2million contract. The 2.2 tonnes CT Blocks were made using a special mix of aggregates designed for ultimate strength. The blocks were then positioned around the stadium where it was vulnerable to vehicular incursion.

The Results

CT Blocks are used at many of the UK’s major airports and leading tourist attractions and the team behind the King Abdullah Sports City were adamant the international venue achieved the same industry leading protection. The King Abdullah Sports City is now protected by the highest level of perimeter security from vehicle borne incursions.

The Insight

The King Abdullah Sports City is one of the most exciting developments in the Middle East which will attract thousands of visitors each year. It’s a world class attraction which requires world class perimeter protection. It is an honour that Townscape’s HVM range has been recognised on an international level as the leading perimeter security solution.

Jonathan Goss, managing director, Townscape Products Limited.

Townscape Products
T: 01623 513355

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Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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