Waste wood to be used for Fire
BIG 5: Desert Landscapes golf course will use fire-retardant mulch made from wood reclaimed from Dubai's ports.
The US $22 million (AED80 million) main landscaping contract for the Greg Norman-designed 'Fire' golf course has been awarded to Desert Landscapes.
The landscaping work will incorporate waste wood from Dubai's ports and construction industry in its designs.
Desert Landscapes is currently building the new Jumeirah Golf Estate, which when finished will feature four themed golf courses alongside a range of other leisure facilities.
Welsh technology supplier, Equipment Supply Services (ESS), whose share of the contract is $500,000, will carry out the waste wood incorporation.
"Waste wood from Dubai's ports will be transformed into a decorative, fire-retardant mulch for use on the new golf course," Sean Reilly, managing director, ESS told Construction Week at the Big 5.
ESS supplied all the machinery and other products used in the project.
"To ensure its colour is long lasting, the wood chip has been treated with a specially formulated colorant," added Reilly. "To meet this order, Desert Landscapes had to process the waste wood - broken pallets, using packaging and the likes - from the ports and colour it a bespoke shade of brown for distribution in landscape features around the course.
"In addition the contract called for the woodchip to be produced to an exact size, and be both fire retardant and organic, so that there was no risk of pollution into the environment".
Supplying all the machinery and the colorants was no problem for ESS, which has extensive contacts in the recycling, forestry, agricultural and horticultural industries around the world: "We were able to source all the relevant machinery and colorant to ensure the contract could be successfully completed," said Reilly. "In addition, it is flame retardant - a valuable safety feature for any woodchip used in public areas where smoking materials might be accidentally discarded."