UAE projects shortlisted for Cityscape Awards

Woods BagotWoodsBagot has been shortlisted in two categories—Sustainability and Built Commercial Project — for its work on the Irena Headquarters in Abu Dhabi l Image Credit: Courtesy of Cityscape Global

Five real estate projects in the UAE have been shortlisted alongside pioneering developments from more than a dozen countries for the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, with sustainability as an underlining trend. Winners will be announced during a ceremony at Conrad Dubai on September 8.

Some 37 real estate projects are vying for honours in 13 categories across the following sectors: Commercial Project; Mixed-Use Project; Leisure and Hospitality Project; Community, Culture and Tourism Project; Residential Project; Retail Project; and Sustainability.

Woods Bagot, along with contractor Brookfield Multiplex, is one of the UAE finalists, having been shortlisted for Built Commercial Project and Sustainability categories for its Irena Headquarters project. “Should it win the Cityscape Award, it would be a great regional recognition of the Masdar, Woods Bagot and Brookfield Multiplex teams’ collaborative effort to design and deliver an exemplary office building,” said Richard Fenne, Principal at Woods Bagot.

“Sustainable developments play a crucial role in the growth of the real estate market, locally, regionally and globally. The UAE takes a leading role in sustainability in this region and is very much at the forefront with benchmark developments such as Masdar City.”

RSP Architects, Planners and Engineers is also vying in two categories with Nakheel Mall and The Palm Tower. The former has been shortlisted for the Retail Project Award — Future category, and the latter for Mixed-Use Project Award—Future.

Other UAE entries are Khatib and Alami for Bloom Gardens in Abu Dhabi (Residential Project Award — Built), Soma Architects and RMJM for One at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai (Residential Project Award — Future) and RTKL UK for Welcome Pavilion and Cascade Dining in Abu Dhabi (Retail Project Award — Built).

Holley Chant, Executive Director of KEO International Consultants and a member of the judging panel, said that sustainability is critical to the success of humanity’s future and real estate developers have an important part to play in its realisation.

“The quality of the nominations in the sustainability category is fantastic,” said Chant. “[Developers] seem to understand that the importance of a sustainable building is about being green and serving as a great project from a realty fundamentals’ point of view. We have developments that have made a positive social, economic and cultural impact on their communities, as well as being environmentally sound.”

Source: Property Weekly


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