UAE: Farnek invests $41m in smart staff housing

The new smart centre by Farnek, spread over 9.2ha, will become home to 8,000 employees

Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.
Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.

UAE-based total facilities management (FM) company Farnek is investing over $41m (AED150m) into a new staff accommodation centre in Dubai Investments Park.

The new smart centre, spread over 9.2ha, which will become home to 8,000 employees, is situated opposite the Expo 2020 site, close to Al Maktoum International Airport.

Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek, said: “We have already purchased the freehold plot, which cost more than $13m (AED50m) and we have appointed multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering firm, Arif & Bintoak to create and build the design, which will cost an additional $27m (AED100m).

"We should be ready to break ground next summer and complete by December 2018.”

Two areas of design for the project that Farnek will focus on will include waste management and smart energy concepts.

Oberlin continued: “Designing a building that will be home to 8,000 people, will come with certain operational challenges, such as waste and sewage management. First of all, we will design an effective system to reduce the volume of waste generated that would ordinarily go to landfill.

"Then our drainage infrastructure will separate and recycle grey water for irrigation and through a highly efficient sewage system, effluent will be carried to the municipal sewage system and on to the Jebel Ali treatment plants.”

Farnek will incorporate a complete energy management system. This will be designed to communicate with solar panels, control sensors, meters, feedback and analysis systems, to optimise the energy performance of the building, ensuring minimal utility bills and maximum comfort for its residents.


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