The Board of Directors of the Sports Boulevard Foundation, Chaired by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister, has announced the launch of the urban design code for the areas located on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road.
The urban code is an extension of the principles of the Salmani architecture style that was formed by monitoring the efforts and personal directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, based on both originality and modernity, and ensures raising the quality of urban design in parallel with highlighting the local architectural identity.
The style is distinguished by its vitality, and flexibility and is not restricted to limited elements and items. It implores architects and planners to innovate freely within the confines of tradition, in addition, it does not include the literal copying of old urban vocabulary and its imposition on new projects but rather leaves the freedom for the architect and planner to launch new and innovative elements that draw inspiration and simulate the past with renewed developmental forms.
The urban code aims to achieve a sustainable urban environment that enhances the quality of life by raising the quality of architectural designs, urban planning regulations, building systems, usage of the land, parking controls, advertisement placards, and environmental controls, in a way that unifies the urban fabric and stimulates the elements of investment and real estate development per the best standards.
The importance of launching the urban code will constitute a regulation that provides standards for engineering design, and a reference guide for all current and potential commercial and residential real estate owners, as well as real estate investors and developers, in a way that contributes to providing urban patterns in harmony with the sports boulevard’s various tracks for pedestrians, bicycles, and horses to form a modern and sustainable environment for residents and visitors to Riyadh.
The Sports Boulevard project is one of Riyadh’s four major projects launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on March 19, 2019, under the close care and follow-up by HRH the Crown Prince, which aims to place Riyadh as one of the best livable cities in the world and to contribute to achieving one of the most prominent goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, by promoting physical, psychological and social health and building a society whose members enjoy a decent life and a healthy lifestyle and an environment that provides a positive and attractive atmosphere for the residents and visitors of the city.
The Project will become the "longest longitudinal Boulevard" in the world, with a distance of more than 135 km, and will include safe avenues for pedestrians, bicycles, and horses, in addition to many diverse sports facilities. It is located on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road, linking Wadi Hanifa in the west of the city and Wadi Al-Sulay in the east, and includes 4.4 million square meters of open green spaces, about 50 sites for various sports, and distinctive artistic landmarks in addition to several investment sites with a total area of more than 2.3 million square meters.
The Sports Boulevard Foundation has allocated a website (www.sportsboulevard.sa/ar/design-code) for the beneficiaries and owners of real estate located within the scope of the project, where they can obtain more details about the objectives, standards, requirements of the urban design code and the mechanism of its application.