TDIC’s construction village receives MEED award for sustainability

Source:  www.abudhabicityguide.com

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, was awarded the Sustainability MEED Quality Award for Projects 2012 for the Saadiyat Construction Village – a model of best practice that was built to house workers employed by contractors during the construction phase of the island.

Saadiyat Construction Village

Saadiyat Construction Village

The project was nominated by HLG Leighton Contracting, who constructed the building. TDIC’s Chief Development Officer, Nabil Al Kendi, and Leighton’s General Manager, UAE Infrastructure, Jeremy Truebridge, received the award last night at a ceremony at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort ’&’ Spa.

The Saadiyat Construction Village’s facilities have set a new benchmark for workers’ living standards in the region. It currently houses more than 10,000 workers and covers 40 hectares, and facilities include shops, Internet booths, recreational parks, laundry facilities, dining areas, and sports and leisure facilities such as a cricket pitch, multi-purpose courts and landscaped gardens.

The Saadiyat Construction Village is built with environmental sustainability in mind. Features include a solar hot water system, natural light via windows and sun pipes, energy efficient appliances, insulated roof and wall panels to reduce heat gain, and the use of recycled materials in construction.

Saadiyat Island is a natural island alongside Abu Dhabi’s coast, celebrating the renaissance of Arabian living; and a place where iconic landmarks and azure Arabian waters create a thoughtful harmony of culture, leisure and business in a vibrant community.

It covers 27 square kilometres (2,700 hectares), the island will eventually be home to 145,000 people. Saadiyat island hosts premium brands in hospitality, education and leisure, combined with the world’s largest concentration of cultural institutions, all within easy reach. There are plans for luxury hotels, over three million square metres of office space, marinas with berths for 1,000 boats, two championship golf courses, civic and leisure facilities, sea-view apartments and elite villas.  More info

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