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Besix unit to build Masdar project in 30 months

Comprising nine buildings, the project will provide residences for Masdar Institute's students, in addition to corporate accommodation and an office buildings

Masdar Institute Neighbourhood will be developed in 30 months.
Masdar Institute Neighbourhood will be developed in 30 months.

Six Construct, the Middle East subsidiary of Belgium's Besix Group, announced it will design and build a project in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City within 30 months. 

Envisioned as a "sustainable, compact, and walkable" community, the Masdar Institute Neighbourhood will span 56,200m2, and is currently in the detailed design phase. 

Comprising nine buildings, the project will provide residences for Masdar Institute's students, in addition to corporate accommodation and an office buildings. 

Retail areas located within the buildings and in the project's public spaces will also be a part of Six Construct's operation. 

INTERVIEW: Pierre Sironval, Six Construct

The Six Construct team hopes to achieve Estidama's Pearl 3 rating, and LEED Platinum certification, for the project's buildings, Amin Nalouti, area manager at the contracting firm, said. 

"To achieve this, we must comply with a series of design principles and key performance indicators, including architectural and environmental design guidelines," he added. 

Key design features that are expected to drive sustainability include climatic design to encourage wind movement and provide shaded external spaces, which would, in turn, improve outdoor thermal comfort. 

High-performance building facades, efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and building integrated renewable energy will also be installed to achieve energy efficiency. 

Efficient water fixtures, as well as greywater recycling for irrigation use – including waste-segregation installations to facilitate recycling – and low-embodied carbon material selection will form an integral part of the project. 

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