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Imkan's Abu Dhabi villa complex Nudra 20% complete

The company that restored Buckingham Palace is involved in a main contracting JV for Nudra

A rendering of an interior of Imkan's Nudra development.
A rendering of an interior of Imkan's Nudra development.

Construction headway has been reported by Imkan on Nudra, its 37-strong cluster of beachfront villas on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island.

With preliminary foundation works – including bulk excavation, dewatering, and installation of 1,500 piles – finished, Nudra is more than 20% complete, and on track to be handed over during the third quarter of 2019.

A joint venture of UK-based Wates, which worked on the restoration of Buckingham Palace, and UAE civil engineering firm Eastern International, was awarded the main construction contract for Nudra earlier this year. 

Imkan said 11 out of 32 villa basements are ready, with five ground-floor slabs cast, and the rest to follow in the coming weeks. Currently, each 2,415m² beachfront development plot is being graded and hoarded. Construction of the hillside retaining wall at the rear of the project is also complete. 

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Limestone to clad external elevations has been quarried and cutting and finishing work is ongoing. The first batch will be delivered to site in November. 

Located on Saadiyat's Island's cultural district, a swathe of the island dedicated to the arts, Nudra villas boast views of the Arabian Sea and Louvre Abu Dhabi. Each villa is within walking distance of the ocean and Imkan said the formation of the private beach was  “progressing well”, ahead of a planned completion in February 2019.

Senior director of development at Imkan, Richard Larmer, lauded Nudra's progress to date and said that the project would help to “enhance” the availability of design-focused property in the UAE capital city.

Alongside Wates and Eastern, Maisam Architects and Engineers' Meisa Batayneh Maani is the chief designer for Nudra.

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