Local blocks used in historic shopping hub extension

by Darren
Local bricks used in historic shopping hub extension TERRAFORCE

Terraforce 4×4 Multi Step Blocks and L16 retaining blocks were used to construct an amphitheatre above the car park for the Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar.

A historic open-air marketplace, the Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar, has been skilfully redeveloped and refurbished over the last decade to resemble a 19th-century souq, with mud-rendered shops, exposed timber beams and beautifully restored original Qatari buildings.

For centuries, Bedu desert dwellers have brought their sheep, goats and wool to trade at the site. Today, revived as the social heart of Doha, this shopping hub is a must-see highlight in the city.

To provide parking for large numbers of visitors, an underground car park was added opposite the Msheireb in downtown Doha. The design offered architects some extra space above the ground and Dragana Lutic Djokic, landscape architect at Parsons Qatar, contacted Consent LLC to request a design for an amphitheatre.

Amphitheatre design
A Terraforce Licensee in the United Arab Emirates, Consent proposed an arena design with the Terraforce 4×4 Multi Step Block, a light, dry-stack concrete unit, generally used for constructing low terrace walls, stairs and seating arrangements.

Specifically looking for a product that can be used both for retaining and seating purposes, Djokic initially specified a different pre-cast system, but after a presentation on the Terraforce 4×4 Multi Step Block and L16 retaining block, as well as the colour options, the design was re-rendered with Terraforce blocks. The final design was completed by Fred Laker of Terrasafe, Terraforce’s international retaining wall design service.
Approximately 5 100 4×4 Multi Step blocks and 4 757 L16 blocks were used, and LED lighting was installed at intervals to create a pleasant ambiance after dark.

Efficiency and comfort
The Terraforce 4×4 Multi Step Block is designed to provide efficient and economical steps in conjunction with the original Terraforce retaining blocks, in this case the L16. According to Terraforce, these blocks have become very popular in South Africa and abroad, not only for stairway access, but also for comfortable, practical stair and seating arrangements at leisure amenities and school sports facilities.

Tel: 021 465 1907
Website: www.terraforce.com

Project team
Client: Private Engineering Office (PEO).
Project consultant: JAIN Sustainable Engineering Solutions.
Design consultant: Parsons, Qatar.
Main contractor: UrbaCon Trading and Contracting.
Sub-contractor: Palmera Agriculture Business L.L.C.
Wall design: Terrasafe.
Block supplier: Consent LLC.

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