Ministry of Housing Infrastructure Program – Saudi Arabia
- Ministry of Housing, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Design And Urban Planning
Developing Residential Solutions
Faced with a critical shortage of affordable housing for its population, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embarked on an ambitious plan to provide up to 500,000 housing units throughout the Kingdom at a planned cost of roughly 500 billion Saudi Riyals. The Ministry of Housing (MOH) Infrastructure Program developed the sites and all landscaping and infrastructure, leaving vertical construction to developers.
A New Partnership
In 2011, and through a subsequent contract amendment, Saudi Arabian Parsons Limited (SAPL) partnered with the Ministry to tackle the largest sites planned for development—17 separate community sites totaling nearly 111 million m² of land supporting more than 185,000 apartments, townhouses, and villas. The communities include mosques, medical facilities, schools, police stations, parks, landscaped open spaces, commercial/retail development, electrical substations, and sewage treatment plants to provide complete and modern communities attractive to Saudi citizens.
SAPL undertook data collection, urban master planning, complete technical design, and full construction supervision of all infrastructure and landscaping for our assigned sites, which range in size from roughly 1 million m² to 38 million m² and are spread out from Tabouk in the north to Khamis Mushayt in the south and from Dammam in the east to Jeddah in the west.
Implementing An Integrated Management System
During the initial phase of the program, SAPL assisted the Ministry with creating the program management infrastructure in the form of an integrated management system of policies and procedures, standardized reports, development control guidelines, design technical details, and document templates that would apply to SAPL projects and to smaller projects developed by others. These tools enable the Ministry to manage all of its projects in a standardized and professional manner.
An Ongoing Partnership
Over the course of our work on the Ministry of Housing Infrastructure Program, we have established a partnership and deep relationships with the Ministry at all levels, and we look forward to assisting the Ministry in developing residential solutions for decades to come.
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