According to designers Chapman Taylor, construction work is likely to start this August on the Knowledge Economic City (KEC) Hub.

Located in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, the new 392,000sq m mixed use district will form the retail, leisure and hospitality core of the KEC masterplan. The development’s 129,000sq m shopping and entertainment centre includes a series of glass-covered atria and streets containing a range of shops, restaurants, cafés, a cinema, family entertainment centres, a wellness clinic and a museum showcasing the history and culture of the region.

A vibrant, open-air restaurant boulevard provides a pedestrianised, family-friendly dining experience, while a 45,000sq m landscaped park, a lake and a central civic square will provide spaces for events and relaxation and will include a cultural village, shops, restaurants and cafés, stated the top architect.

Chapman Taylor said construction work on the KEC Hub is likely to begin in August, with most of the scheme to be ready by late 2023 and the hotel to follow by May 2024.