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Premier Composite Technologies (PCT)has signed a contract to supply the roofing and inner ceiling for one of the Haramain High Speed Railway stations, the Medinah Station.
According to PCT, they will supply Yapi Merkezi, SBG Consortium, who have been granted turnkey construction of both the Mecca and Medinah railway stations for the Haramain project, with the advanced composite roof and interior ceiling panels for the entire surface area of 26,000m2. PCT say all panels will be built out of advanced composite materials so that they can be easily lifted into place and installed on site. Production at PCT is expected to begin in June 2012.
PCT say they were awarded the contract after they worked with project architects Foster + Partners during the initial design phase to create a prototype roofing panel built out of a composite solution that would simultaneously realise the complex architects designs, as well as pass all fire and safety regulations.
During this design phase, PCT explain how they manufactured a 1:1 prototype panel measuring approximately 13m2, that was structurally built using a fire resistant sandwich of glass fibre and epoxy resin semi-preg combined with a lightweight core. They say 2048 of the panels will be required for the entire surface.
The Haramain High Speed Railway project is a 444km high speed intercity rail transport system that is under construction in Saudi Arabia. The railway network will link the cities of Medinah, Mecca and Jeddah via the King Abdullah Economic City. PCT say that there will be four railway passenger stations connecting each line that will be based at each of the cities. Each of the stations has been designed by Foster + Partners, alongside engineering firm Buro Happold.
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