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Shapoorji Pallonji lands $418m Abu Dhabi island project

ABU DHABI, June 27, 2019

Saadiyat Development and Investment Company has appointed Shapoorji Pallonji Middle East as the main contractor for its Dh1.5-billion ($418 million) community development, Qaryat Al Hidd, located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

One of India's leading construction groups, Shapoorji Pallonji joins international construction and real estate consultants Drees & Sommer, lead international design consultants B+H Architects Corp., and lead international architectural and engineering multi-disciplinary consultants Khatib & Alami, who have all previously been awarded contracts to provide project management and architecture expertise, for 160,000-sq-m luxury development.

An iconic Abu Dhabi real estate development, Qaryat Al Hidd, consists of two separate residential developments, Sunrise and Sunset. Over 900 luxury apartments are spread across 12 buildings with each housing a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments.

Of these, the elegant four- and five-storey buildings are architecturally representative of their respective zone and connected by lush greenery and ornamental gardens with all properties offering sought after waterfront views.

The wealth of global experience and proven track record of delivering excellence on time and within budget was a key decision when selecting contractors for this project, remarked SDIC board member Sheikh Hamdan Bin Saeed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the signing ceremony which was attended by CEO/MD Rashid Al Zaabi, CEO Advisor Kamel Mohammadieh, and Operations Manager Samah Iskandar of SDIC and representatives from Drees & Sommer, B+H Architects, Shapoorji Pallonji Middle East and Khatib & Alami.

"In order to create world-renowned developments, it is important to work with people who are aligned with our goals and vision which I am confident we have achieved through Shapoorji Pallonji, Drees & Sommer, B+H Architects, and Khatib & Alami," stated Sheikh Hamdan.

"The elegant design of the homes, the combination of a natural environment and waterfront lifestyle, a family-focused design and easy access to Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s business hubs, will ensure this development will be extremely popular with end-users," he added.

On the contract win, Managing Director and CEO Mohandass Saini said: "Shapoorji Pallonji is excited to partner with world-class developer SDIC for the exquisite beachfront residential property ‘Qaryat Al Hidd’ in the Saadiyat Island, and we are committed and geared to complete the project on time."

Shapoorji Pallonji group has a rich history of over 154 years in the global construction industry with an annual turnover of $7 billion and sustained growth year on year. Since inception, it has been a pioneer in the construction industry in India.

"As part of Drees & Sommer’s remit, the team will be responsible for elements of the project including agile planning, value engineering, technical project management, cost control and quality management, amongst others," he added.

Stephan Degenhart, the associate partner of Drees & Sommer and managing director of Middle East, said: "We are proud to be contributing to such an iconic development on one of the most sought-after areas of real estate in the emirate."

"To date, we have been responsible for delivering world-renowned projects in multiple continents and we’re confident we can apply that expertise to successfully delivering this project and ensuring a high-quality outcome for the client," he stated.

As the lead design consultants, B+H Architects said it prides itself on the fact that as planner architect, landscape architect, and interior resigner they have a unique talent of shaping every element of a guest or patrons experience as an immediately recognizable brand.

This provides significant added value to the owner and all who visit this community, it added.

"It is said that great architecture is not simply the delivery of a well-engineered building but the delivery of spaces that inspire and uplift us as humans," stated Phillip Jones, the managing director for B+H in the UAE.

"With Qaryat Al Hidd, B+H had the rare opportunity to work with a visionary client who not only understood that architecture can inspire but so does the outdoor public landscaped spaces," he added.

For the project, Khatib & Alami (K&A) has been appointed construction supervision consultant, and they will be responsible for working with the contractor to ensure it is built according to exacting standards, in line with the design drawings and specifications, and for maintaining best practices in health and safety.

Bashar Ayyash, the VP (Abu Dhabi) said: "Qaryat Al Hidd is set to be among the finest developments of its kind, and K&A is delighted to part of its world-class project team. We are committed to ensuring that every detail is delivered to the highest possible standards in order to create a destination which does justice to the stunning beauty of Saadiyat Island while preserving its sensitive natural ecosystem."

"We look forward to working with all stakeholders on the project to establish a strong safety culture and a collaborative, one-team approach to realize the vision of our client," he added.

Qaryat Al Hidd forms part of the larger 1.5 million sq m Hidd Al Saadiyat masterplan development on Saadiyat Island and will feature a range of amenities including parks, playgrounds, shops, restaurants as well as a range of five-star resorts and world-class marina and yacht club.-TradeArabia News Service


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