TRSDC awards contract to Cundall to reduce light pollution at site
Cundall will develop a lighting strategy that will provide enough lighting for safe movement around the site
Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has inked a contract with international consultancy firm Cundall to create a lighting strategy for the safe movement around the site.
Cundall will work with the engineering and development teams at TRSDC over a six-month period to review the existing project design and to come up with measures to reduce light pollution at the destination.
The two firms will reach out to local communities advising residents on suitable measures they can undertake to support the initiative and encourage more energy-efficient, lower-cost use of external lights.
The contract is part of the TRSDC’s plans to become the largest certified Dark Sky Reserve in the world, as it seeks the Dark Skies International accreditation.
“We are proud to announce our intention to become the first full-scale destination in the Middle East to pursue this unique accreditation, intended to safeguard the natural environment and allow guests to marvel at the beauty of the night sky,” said TRSDC chief executive officer John Pagano.
Also commenting on the contract, director of Light4 Cundall, Andrew Bissell, said: I believe this project will demonstrate that through ambition, careful coordinated design and a passion for the environment, new developments of an unprecedented scale can be built which protect the quality of the night sky.”