A construction company has many needs especially in
terms of raw materials and resources. Considering the
vastness of the resources needed and the magnitude of
projects that Ayoubco undertakes we have expanded
into many operations that relate to and strengthen our
main corporate focus.
A prime example of this is the quarrying and transport
division of our company. We operated four quarry
sites, which extract limestone and gravel. To satisfy the
needs of Ayoubco S.A.E and its clients we handled
more then one million cubic meters of raw materials per
year, mining it from our quarries. In order to transport
these resources at the best cost, we built a transport
fleet in excess of one hundred trucks and trailers that
worked to distribute gravel and limestone to our
numerous and varied construction sites.
A by-product of producing gravel is the production of
ready-mixed concrete, the hauling of which required
the use of more than 60 of our trucks.
The limestone is recycled in the production of blocks
that are used by the construction division. At one time
we had ten such block-making facilities which annually
produced more then ten million blocks of varying size
and weight. To complement these activities we also
operated 2 tile-making plants to produce terrazzo tiles,
steelcrete and cement paving at an impressive rate of
400,000 m2 per year.
We operated four woodworking factories, a crittal window-making factory and
an aluminum production facility. These facilities together produce the 50,000
doors and windows of various size utilized by the company on its many projects.
Another major division is our plant equipment fleet which at one time comprised
over 700 pieces of heavy equipment including tower cranes, batch plants,
excavating machinery, generators, compressors, and the usual range of machinery
and equipment used in a company of our size. The maintenance of this fleet has
resulted in a large chain of workshops, which included the capacities for engine
rebuilding, tyre repair and painting work.
In the construction work process the foundation phase is considered the
most difficult. It requires a special aptitude to overcome all the difficulties
that stand between the company and a successful completion of a
contract. This is especially true for undertakings of great size such as
buildings in the Nile Valley or alongside the shores of the Mediterranean
where underground water can wreak havoc. In order to streamline
operations and to avoid the time consuming and costly delays that result
from sub-contracting for foundation work Ayoubco had established a
special division to deal with foundations.
Ayoubco has historically done all its own foundation work on its
contracts. The Hilton Hotel required more a one thousand driven, precast
piles. All were placed by Ayoubco. In the Moustafa Kamel housing
project (on the Mediterranean) 2 types of pilings were employed with
success, including Alexandrine caissons. Piles were also used in many
residential buildings such as the Manial Towers, the Maadi Gem, the
Maadi Star, and other gigantic projects.
In the Doha-Maspiro project along the Corniche in Cairo piles were used
in the construction of a basement that was three floors underground,
beneath the water level of the nearby Nile. Despite the fact that the river
was less than 30 m away, the use of concrete diaphragm walls allowed
the construction of this building.
Work included projects that use driven*, precast piles, steel sheet piling,
I meter diameter bentonite slurry piles and 1.2 meters diameter bored
cast in situ piles of various depths down to 40 meters.