Red Sea Global awards contract for employee accommodation at Turtle Bay
Saudi company awarded contract for the design and build of 40 employee apartment buildings
Riyadh, (3rd Dec 2020): Red Sea Global RSG (formerly known as TRSDC) , the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, has awarded one of its largest value contracts to date for the engineering, procurement and construction of an additional 40 apartment buildings at The Red Sea Project’s Turtle Bay community.
After a competitive tendering process, the contract was awarded to Saudi firm AlKifah Contracting Company, showcasing RSG’s commitment to supporting local businesses and strengthening the Saudi economy.
People are at the heart of this project and the Turtle Bay will become the central hub for employees to live, work and relax. Designed around the latest concepts in co-working and community living, it will become a vibrant neighbourhood for residents, plus their family members and visitors,
Said John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG.
The 40 apartment buildings will consist of 40 blocks of single and double occupancy units, located at the destination’s Coastal Village, a new town which will eventually become home to the 14,000 employees set to operate the destination when it opens its doors by the end of 2022.
AlKifah will use precast concrete panels, prepared at a new dedicated precast manufacturing facility being built in the project area. This will help localize jobs and greatly reduce the site’s carbon footprint by avoiding approximately 10 million kilometers of transportation, which will save tons of CO2.
“The beauty of this agreement,” added Pagano, “is that all 40 of the residential apartment buildings will utilise elements of off-site manufacturing and prefabrication techniques. These approaches enhance efficiency, quality and safety, while reducing the number of construction workers needed on-site to minimize our environmental footprint during construction.”
In addition to manufacturing off-site, RSG uses eco-friendly, sustainable ‘green’ concrete on-site in order to minimize emissions throughout the construction process.
“These apartment buildings will combine an eco-friendly design with a high-quality finish, supporting The Red Sea Project’s ambition to become a premier tourist destination, which will have a net-conservation benefit on the natural environment,” said Eng. Osama AlAfaleq, Chairman of AlKifah Contracting Company.
“With the destination set to begin welcoming guests in less than two years, the efficient delivery of these units is key to guaranteeing that comfortable homes are available to the employees needed to operate the destination. Our approach to using off-site manufacturing will ensure we meet the tight timelines ahead of us.”
The 1.5 million m² Turtle Bay area includes management offices, villas, townhouses and apartments, and a 144-room hotel. Envisaged as a vibrant community and set in a prime location on the waterfront, it will offer a range of amenities like hospitals and schools, and leisure facilities including fitness centers, beach clubs and dining outlets.
Delivering quality homes and a community of this caliber, rich with activities and facilities, is central to RSG’s corporate social responsibility efforts. This development exceeds the typical standards of design, construction and ultimately the lifestyle provided to the employees of such a destination.
In a bid to further minimize our environmental footprint at the site, the Turtle Bay housing will initially be utilized to house the workers building the destination. This eliminates the need to build extra accommodation for these workers which would later have to be demolished, adding another layer of efficiency to the plans.
Significant progress has already been made at the Turtle Bay, all of which meets RSG’s stringent environmental standards. The first 10 residential buildings and the construction of a new corporate office building are nearing completion.
These first elements of the community are set to open by the end of the first quarter of 2021, and will be home to RSG staff overseeing the construction of the destination, closely followed by the management hotel which will welcome it’s first guests in the second quarter.
The Red Sea Project also recently celebrated the significant milestone of signing more than 500 contracts to date, worth SAR 7.5 billion and with winning bidders spanning 24 countries. Over 70 percent of the total value of construction contracts have been awarded to Saudi firms, further highlighting RSG’s commitment to strengthening the local economy.
In November, RSG awarded its highest-value contract to date to a consortium led by ACWA Power to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea Project’s utilities infrastructure. The PPP agreement will deliver 100 percent renewable energy for the first phase of the project and includes the construction of the world’s largest battery storage farm.
Work is on track to welcome the first guests by end of 2022, when the international airport and first four hotels will open. The remaining 12 hotels in Phase One will open in 2023, delivering a total of 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts.
About Red Sea Global
Red Sea Global (RSG - www.redseaglobal.com) is a closed joint-stockcompany wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.
RSG is a global multi-project developer, seeking to lead the worldtowards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible andregenerative development can uplift communities, drive economies, andenhance the environment. The protection of natural capital is central toall development decisions, as the organization seeks to create a betterfuture for all.
A cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 ambition to diversify itseconomy, RSG is playing a key role in transforming the nation, bycreating exciting opportunities for young Saudi talent and the privatesector, as it develops built assets and destinations across multiplesectors that make a positive impact for people and planet.
RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.
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