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New five-star heritage hotel planned in Riyadh

RIYADH, August 2, 2016

Nuzul Saudi Heritage Hospitality Company, an initiative led by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTNH), has unveiled plans for a new five-star heritage hotel in the historical Samhan District of Ad’Diriyah, Riyadh.

This project, which aims to bring together the historical look and feel of approximately 40 historic mud buildings in the Samhan District with a modern five-star hotel, is under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, and is the first hospitality related renovation project in the country.

The heritage hotel is being designed by D’Appolonia, the independent engineering consulting company of Rina Group.

The firm will provide engineering services up to detailed design development, and support Nuzul Hospitality with technical supervision and recommendations for construction according to the BREEAM International 2013 scheme and D’Appolonia’s Quality Management System. The project area sits inside the Unesco buffer zone; so all techniques used to restore buildings also need to be compliant with Unesco protocols.

Andrea Tomarchio, project manager, D’Appolonia said: "We are pleased to be able to preserve the integrity and heritage of these historic buildings. Ensuring that the design is environmentally friendly and energy efficient has been a key consideration in making the site available for modern use in a sustainable way, that will mean it lasts for years to come.”

Alessandro Odasso, Infrastructure and Transport Business Development manager, D’Appolonia noted: “Our long-standing expertise in heritage requalification engineering lent itself perfectly to this project. We have carried out many similar design and supervision projects in historic sites of Italy and in the hospitality industry, providing us with extensive experience for this design project.”
The proposed hotel design includes a souk in which traditional goods will be marketed and a museum area where traditional construction systems will be displayed and workshops can be conducted to teach restoration techniques, including those used to restore the Samhan District. This unique experience will highlight the restoration of the heritage site and reflect the country’s traditions, origins and culture. These are key elements in passing technical knowledge and skills down to future generations, which, due to the sustainable design of the hotel, can be taught for many years to come. - TradeArabia News Service

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