Arriyadh Development Authority is expected to issue tenders on 1 August for the construction of a new public library, known as King Fahd National Library. The estimated SR 250 million ($67 million) project calls for the construction of a building with a gross floor area of about 85,000 square metres (MEED 3:6:05).
The new building, which will be constructed using a combination of membrane, cable and steelwork, will house the library's administration. Located on King Fahd street in downtown Riyadh, the project's scope of works also includes renovating and rehabilitating the existing library, which will be linked to the new facility.Under the tendering schedule, contractors will be invited to submit bids by 15 September, with a contract award expected in mid-October. Construction is expected to take about three years to complete. A local/German team of Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult) and Gerber Architects is the consultant.