Trowers boosts Binladin Group ties with Saudi civil aviation first

Trowers & Hamlins is advising construction giant the Saudi Binladin Group on a $300m (£153.37m) deal to rebuild Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Terminal Complex, the air passenger terminal built for religious pilgrims.

The deal is the first civil aviation PPP in Saudi Arabia and will prepare King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah for a projected doubling in the number of pilgrims en route to Mecca, from 4.5 million presently to 9.2 million by 2025.

The Trowers team was led by partner Adrian Creed, who said: “This is the first time the General Authority for Civil Aviation has allowed private sector involvement in its activities.

“Helping to secure this contract has strengthened Trowers & Hamlins’ ties with the Saudi Binladin Group.”

The Hajj Terminal Complex receives half of all pilgrims heading to Mecca to practise the rites of Hajj and Umrah, which Islam dictates are obligatory for all Muslims.

Under the 20-year project, which covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the terminal, the existing north and south terminals, which together cover 100 acres, will be replaced by larger single terminal.

Trowers has previously advised the Saudi Binladin Group on projects including the $1bn (£511.24m) expansion of the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina and the $1.2bn (£613.49m) modernisation of the Jamarat Bridge, which is also part of the Hajj pilgrimage.