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Posted on 26 October, 2015

Pedestrian bridges @ Doha, Qatar covered with Elval Colour’s Coated Aluminium etalbond® FR composite panels

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is one of the few cities that are enjoying dynamic growth around the world. The ruling family of the -rich in oil and gas- state has decided to establish Doha as the center of the Gulf region and several inspired plans and arrangements have been adopted towards that direction; the FIFA World Cup 2022 is one of the most notable ones. In parallel, the growing corporate and commercial activity is changing the city‘s prospect with a wide a range of construction projects that are under development.

 

The Public Works Authority (PWA) intends to introduce state of the art pedestrian bridges in different parts of Doha. This -one of a kind- type of bridge will guarantee the safe, easy and convenient pedestrians’ access to a variety of destinations including schools, shopping centers and public transport interchanges. The safety parameter, especially along high-speed traffic highways like Salwa Road, is of the essence.

A special project of that kind is the prototype pedestrian bridge over the East Industrial Area road. It is the first air-conditioned pedestrian bridge which has been welcomed by a large number of residents due to the high temperatures. This is the first out of several similar bridges that have already been announced and are aiming to transform Doha in convenient city which will attract more visitors each year.

This iconic bridge is made exclusively with extruded aluminium and the shell consists of coated etalbond®FR composite panels. Its weight corresponds to approximately 1/3 of the weight of a conventional steel bridge. Thanks to its mineral core, the panels meet the stricter requirements of international fire regulations. Elval Colour has supplied to this first pilot pedestrian bridge more than 2000 m2 etalbond®FR panels, length up to 9900mm, two sides painted with PVDF finish | Elval Colour finish code 102 Silver.

etalbond® has been certified to meet local regulations and requirements, including a certificate from Qatar Civil Defense as well as the approval from Ashghal (PWA) which is the Public works authority of Qatar. Ashghal is responsible for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery, and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar. This remarkable project was selected to be designed and built with the etalbond®FR composite; the panels cut, curved and routed to formations and shapes that are beyond expectations when compared with traditional construction materials such as steel.

Main contractor: Kamaridis Steel LLC
Architect Name: S. Kamaridis Steel S.A, ORAZIO PUGLISI
Project Manager: Kamaridis Steel LLC, Protonotarios Dimitris


 

 

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