SNC-Lavalin wins deal to support development of Saudi Arabia’s Historic Jeddah

By Neil Gerrard08 June 2023

A night view of Historic city, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia A night view of Historic city, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Image: Riyas via AdobeStock -

Project management company SNC-Lavalin has won a deal with the Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia to support the development of Historic Jeddah, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The development programme aims to revitalize living space in the city by attracting new business and cultural projects, based on a modern vision of urban planning and conservation.

The area, known locally as Al-Balad (the town) sits on the eastern shore of the Red Sea and was established in the 7th century AD as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes.

The project involves creating 5km of developed waterfronts, green spaces and open gardens covering 15% of the total project area of 2.5 square kilometers.

As part of the two-year contract, SNC-Lavalin will provide project management and consultancy services across the Historic Jeddah Development Program, including project and cost consultancy services for site-wide utilities, design management, program set up and governance processes and procedures.

It will also oversee the coordination with program stakeholders, from real estate development to infrastructure, public realm and landscape to ensure the historic and non-historic building protection measures are met.

These services will be executed throughout the masterplanning, design, tender and construction stages.

Ian L. Edwards, president and chief executive officer, SNC-Lavalin said, “The rehabilitation of Historic Jeddah is a significant project that will showcase the Kingdom’s authentic cultural heritage and support its socio-economic development agenda by providing great opportunities for residents, visitors and entrepreneurs. We are proud to work with the Ministry of Culture on this world heritage landmark and be a part of delivering a lasting legacy for future generations in Saudi Arabia.”

The project work will extend for the next 15 years, during which the Historic Jeddah area will be developed according to multiple tracks, including infrastructure and services, developing the natural and environmental field, improving the quality of life, and enhancing urban aspects.

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