Contractors World International Vol 6 No 1
Mosque Moved To Make
Room For Hospital
Nesma Trading Co. Ltd, was contracted by the Saudi
Arabian National Guard (SANG) to build and expand five
hospitals. In the area where one of the hospitals was to
be expanded, a beautifully designed mosque with many
fine details was blocking the building site.
The owner’s original instructions were to demolish
the mosque to clear the construction area, and build an
identical mosque at a new location so prayers could con-
tinue - a process that would take ten months.
However, the contractor had the idea to lift the
mosque and move it to a new location. Approached by
Nesma, Mammoet proposed to jack up and slide the en-
tire mosque to the new location, using a jacking and skid-
ding system. This would keep the delicate mosque intact,
allowing visitors to continue their prayers undisturbed and
maintaining a peaceful environment for the hospital pa-
tients. This operation would only take three months includ-
ing preparations, thus saving seven months reconstruction
This was the first time in Saudi Arabia that an entire
building was to be moved to a different location. The op-
eration was meticulously engineered by Mammoet and
subcontractor Techniek en Methode (part of the Bresser
Group) to guarantee safety and the integrity of the building.
The operation started with the removal of the minaret
with a hydraulic crane. Then, the ground under the mosque
was removed and replaced by a concrete base that could
support the entire structure.
Mammoet supplied and installed all the required equip-
ment for skidding, including skid shoes, push/pull units,
skid tracks and power packs. Finally, Mammoet skidded
the 2,400 ton mosque in its entirety, in less than 48 hours,
over a distance of 120 meters to its new location.
The operation was executed without incidents and
within the planned three months, making it possible for
the client to start the hospital expansion seven months
earlier while keeping the area clean and peaceful for hos-
pital patients and mosque visitors alike.
Berth 9 Extension, Felixstowe
VolkerStevin is working on the latest expansion of the UK’s
largest container port at thePort of Felixstowe. VSBW, a joint
venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, is
the lead contractor to extend Berth 9 by 190 metres. The
work will increase the combined lengths of Berths 8 & 9 to
920 metres, giving the port even greater flexibility to berth
the world’s largest container ships.
The project involves dredging 1 million cubic metres of
material to provide the berth and approaches, and enable
a new steel-piled quay wall to be built.
Piling of the quay wall is due to be complete in mid
Commenting on the project, Clemence
Cheng, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited Chief
Executive Officer, said:
“The scale of operations at the Port of
Felixstowe already gives us the ability
to berth more large container ships
simultaneously than other ports in the
UK. The new extension will increase
the berthing permutations we can offer
and continue to ensure that we turn our
customers’ vessels around in the quickest