Riyadh’s luxury metro system

Project summary
Application Technical rooms

Riyadh , Saudi Arabia

Product(s) used Heraklith® Tektalan A2
Building Technical rooms at metro stations
Client Saudi Government

Heraklith® Wood Wool Panels chosen for noise reduction and safety

A massive new six-line metro system is set to transform the transport system in the rapidly expanding Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. By the time it is fully operational in 2021 it will be able to handle 3.6 million passengers a day, and there will be more than 85 metro stations on 176 kilometres of track.

As well as offering a much improved travel experience for Riyadh’s seven million inhabitants, the new metro is expected to significantly reduce pollution. It is estimated that it will cut the number of car journeys by 250,000 a day.

The Challenge

The $22.5 billion project is a highly prestigious one. The luxurious metro stations have a distinctive internal and external design and both comfort and safety are top priorities.

Many elevators, escalators and powerful air conditioning systems are therefore incorporated to enhance travelling comfort. But these require a high number of technical and power generation rooms, which need to be both silent and safe.

The Solution

The solution was to use Heraklith® Wood Wool panels, Tektalan A2.

Heraklith® Tektalan A2 combines wood wool with a rock mineral wool insulation. These panels combine excellent fire-resistant properties with outstanding thermal and acoustic performance.

Tektalan A2 panels work as a heat shield, ensuring the integrity of the structure for a longer period in the event of a fire. They are also visually appealing and their high level of sound absorption ensures that there is minimal noise from the technical rooms going into the passengers’ areas.

The Heraklith® Tektalan A2 panels have already been fitted on the stations that will be open for a limited metro service in 2019, and will eventually be used throughout the network.