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Saudi JV wins TRSDC Coastal Village project's design contract

JEDDAH, August 10, 2021

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has awarded the contract for the final designs of Coastal Village community centre within its ambitious Red Sea Project, to a Saudi joint venture of Talal Kurdi Consultants (TKC) and Focal Building Solutions (FBS).
 
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 center 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 had invited Saudi's brightest architecture students to submit designs for the centre. The Ecotecture Design Competition received over 600 entries.
 
The selection of the Saudi JV showcases TRSDC’s commitment to supporting local businesses and strengthening the Saudi economy, said a top official.
 
"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 neighborhood for residents, their family members and visitors," remarked its CEO John Pagano.
 
"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.
 
TKC Executive Director Tarek Talal Kurdi said: "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."
 
FBS Founder and General Manager of FBS also 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," he added.
 
TRSDC has awarded to date more than 500 contracts to international and local firms. Collectively worth around SR17 billion ($4.5 billion), over 70 percent of these contracts were awarded to Saudi companies.
 
"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.-TradeArabia News Service



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