One of the main issues that
face industrial cities today is congested labor accommodation with
lower safety measures that adversely affects productivity and
Khatib & Alami (K&A) was appointed by the Saudi Industrial Property
Authority (MODON), to conduct a trendsetting study that aimed to
update existing design guidelines and develop new design manuals to
improve the quality of the built environment and enhance quality of
life in industrial cities. The study aimed to develop optimized
design standards to attract investors and maintain high standards of
living. K&A endeavored to produce a tailor-specific methodology for
each city sector: labor accommodation, factories, social services
was devoted to respecting the human dimension of the city. We sought
a comfortable and safe environment for labor accommodation; we
enhanced this through securing additional net sleeping area as per
International Labor Organization (ILO) standards.
The accommodation facilities benefited from having social services
and leisure facilities that enhanced city livability. Social
services within the city catered for inhabitants' needs by providing
public open spaces, recreational areas, health facilities,
commercial and retail spaces.
Further, we revisited
the developability of plots and designed new warehouse guidelines to
relieve congestion and improve circulation, since truck circulation
and traffic congestion are main concerns in industrial cities.
After completing the guidelines, it was important to secure
stakeholder buy-in to ensure the successful implementation of the
project. Several strategic stakeholder engagement workshops were
conducted with the support of our client, MODON, to actively
communicate and perpetuate the new guidelines which were met with
support and enthusiasm by consultants and developers. These
standards have now been adopted and are being applied today by
consultants and developers.