Ground-work for Red Sea project's Coastal Village development advances

Contracts were awarded to local firms HUTA Hegerfield and Saudconsult in 2019

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Huge excavator in the evening. Excavator at a construction site against the setting sun. Huge excavator in the evening. Old excavator on a construction site.

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Saudi Arabia's The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) announced last week that ground-work improvement works for the Coastal Village development at the Red Sea project site is underway.

The Coastal Village will house the workers, staff and management of The Red Sea Project, and will include corporate offices, housing and high-end facilities.

The company tweeted a video of the ground-work, noting that "everyday, we transfer from a nearby borrow pit some 10,000 m3 [cubic metres] of earth and compact about 7,000 m2 [square metres] of land."  

TRSDC had announced in September 2019 that the contract was awarded to local construction firms, HUTA Hegerfield and Saudconsulting Services (Saudconsult), adding that work would begin the same month and be completed in five months.

The company had said HUTA Hegerfield's contract involves land raising and ground improvement for the 1.5-million-square metre Coastal Village area, adding that the contract awarded to Saudconsult would include construction supervision consultancy services, to ensure all elements of the design and construction remain on schedule, whilst observing and monitoring the quality of all construction works, to guarantee that all works are fit for the intended purpose.

To raise the ground at the Coastal Village site to 3.52 metres above sea level, the press statement had said HUTA Hegerfield will transport 2.6 million cubic metres of fill by extracting soil and other material from a nearby hill. In addition to raising the land, a process of ground improvement, known as Dynamic Compaction or Rapid Impact compaction, would also improve the existing soil around the Coastal Village, it noted.

"The Coastal Village will be home to 14,000 employees from The Red Sea Project community when the first phase of the destination opens and we will provide the highest quality accommodation and a wide range of facilities, whilst meeting our own stringent environmental standards. Partnering with HUTA Hegerfield and Saudconsult will help us meet these ambitions," TRSDC's CEO John Pagano had said in the 2019 press statement.

According to the statement, to meet TRSDC's strict sustainability targets, the ground improvement work would include measures to reduce the environmental impact for both the land and sea. This includes minimising the underwater noise impact on marine life, and restoration of the hill.

The statement had also noted that in the area of the Coastal Village set aside for corporate offices, construction is already underway under a separate contract, and the offices are scheduled for completion by the second quarter of 2020. It said the buildings are set to accommodate 500 people and provide supporting amenities including a 160-seat restaurant and 100-seat auditorium.

The Village will also provide temporary housing for 25,000 workers who will be building the infrastructure and assets, the statement said,

Since announcing the commencement of operations at its Project Base Camp in early 2019, TRSDC had announced the start of construction for its one-square-kilometre landscape nursery, a 3.3 km crossing to a hub island and 10,000 residential units for construction workers. Activity for the first phase of development, which focuses on enabling the infrastructure to support future work, is underway, the September 2019 statement had concluded.

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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