King Abdullah Financial District Healthcare Network

Master Planning and Design


A healthcare infrastructure system was needed for a new urban development of 12,000 new residents and three million square meters of commercial space in the Al Aqeeq area of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Since this area had no prior history, epidemiological approaches to building sizing were required to be used to determine the demand and areas needed for the medical system.


Several massing scenarios were generated to assess the optimal mixture and sizing of the proposed facilities system. Augmented by our software tools, our modeling team gave stakeholders the ability to play what-if scenarios; compare trade-off between high-rise/low-rise solutions; test various sites and combinations of services; size medical facilities using modular planning methodologies; and address changing population, medical technologies and healthcare resources.


Using an ambulatory based approach for the clinics and diagnostic centers, the Aditazz team reduced the traditional assumptions of 3.4 beds/1000 people to 1.2 beds/1000 people. Initially the healthcare delivery network was to be anchored by a 150 bed hospital, however, later this was optimized and the size was reduced to just 50 beds. This allowed for the built space to be used as healthcare or commercial space, giving it flexibility based on the area’s actual need.

“Disrupting an industry requires the innovation to do something better, faster and cheaper than the incumbents. Aditazz has a unique approach to an old problem that may just catapult it into the stratosphere of the construction world. Building complex facilities using technologies borrowed from other industries gives this company a leg up. Definitely a company to watch.”

Andy Cunningham, formerly of Apple, Founder of Cunningham Communication Inc