Abdul Latif Jameel Read Estate Investment Company Limited acquired the Al Ashera Farm situated near the city of Madinah, 300 miles north of Mecca on the western side of Saudi Arabia.
The farm’s main crop is dates and it was the client’s intention to significantly increase production for the international export market.
The project required the design of the processing building which is used on a 24 hour basis during the harvest in August.
CampbellReith provided structural engineering service for the project. The building is designed as a steel portal frame, formed of fabricated plate girder sections. The building is 40m x 55m on plan and has an asymmetric ridge line.
The building is used for the process, packaging and storage of the dates. The dates are stored in six large cold stores. The building also provides welfare facilities for the workers and office and plant space on mezzanine levels at either end of the building.