The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has awarded a contract for the construction of The Red Sea Project (TRSP)’s Coastal Village community center to a joint venture Saudi Arabian team.
The contract was awarded to Saudi firms Talal Kurdi Consultants (TKC) and Focal Building Solutions (FBS), showcasing TRSDC’s commitment to supporting local businesses and strengthening the Saudi economy.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with TKC and FBS on this venture. The Coastal Village is a central hub for employees to live, work and relax and the community center will be an integral part of providing a vibrant neighbourhood for residents, their family members and visitors,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC. “We were impressed by the high quality of the offered tender, which showed a profound understanding of the local culture and met TRSDC’s exacting standards, particularly in the area of sustainability,” he added.
“We were impressed by the high quality of the offered tender, which showed a profound understanding of the local culture and met TRSDC’s exacting standards, particularly in the area of sustainability”
Executive Director of TKC, Tarek Talal Kurdi, explained: “TRSDC’s high standards encouraged and motivated us to showcase the advanced abilities that we as a Saudi firm possess.
Following TRSDC’s vision and utilizing our passion for design and innovation, we believe that this project will introduce a new inspiring visual, physical and lifestyle experience.”
Sara A. Batterjee, Founder and General Manager of FB Salso, commented on the award: “This project is very special to us as it falls in the western region along the Red Sea Coast where our head office is located. We feel proud to be part of the development happening in this part of Saudi, where we have a deep understanding of the culture and the hidden treasures located there.”
The contract showcases TRSDC’s commitment to supporting local businesses and strengthening the Saudi economy
The contract was awarded after a competitive tendering process, which saw five other Saudi boutique architectural firms, including Azaz Architects, Clear Studios, M3N Design + Architecture, and M. Suqer & M. Albahkali Engineering Consulting Co. on the shortlist, demonstrating the strong interest from the Saudi private sector to be a part of key Vision 2030 projects.
The state-of-the-art community centre was designed by Naif Alghanamm from King Saud University, the winner of TRSDC’s Ecotecture Design Competition. As part of its efforts to engage young talent from within the Kingdom, TRSDC invited Saudi‘s brightest architecture students to submit designs for the center. The Ecotecture Design Competition received over 600 entries.
“Creating opportunities and fostering a culture of high performance for younger Saudis is an important pillar for us and underpins our commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030”, added Pagano.
TRSDC has awarded to date more than 500 contracts to international and local firms. Collectively worth around SAR 17 billion ($4.5billion), over 70% of these contracts were awarded to Saudi companies.