The Emirati joint venture of ARCCO and Speedhouse has been picked alongside Saudi Arabia's Almajal Alarabi Group to build the residential village for workers at The Red Sea Project – a 28,000km2 gigaproject that is being developed by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), backed by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman-led Public Investment Fund (PIF).
In a statement, TRSDC said each firm would build 5,000 units over the next 10 months to house the initial 10,000 construction labourers that are due to work on the site, located off the kingdom’s Red Sea coast.
Pre-fabricated and modular building techniques will be used to reduce delivery time, enhance quality, limit the number of workers on site, and minimise the environmental impact of construction, in line with TRSDC’s sustainability goals.
All construction workers at the site will be housed in the village, whether employed directly by TRSDC or by its employed contractors.
“By requiring that all construction workers are housed in accommodation built and managed by TRSDC, we are making every effort to ensure that we become the benchmark for construction worker accommodation in the region and in the industry as whole,” said Ian Williamson, TRSDC's chief project delivery officer.
TRSDC will retain operational control of the construction village once it is completed to ensure the facility meets the “highest living standards”.
All rooms will have a shared bathroom, with catering teams able to cook and serve “several international cuisines” to cater to the workforce’s diverse nature.
Dedicated medical facilities – including an emergency care center, a laboratory, and a dispensing pharmacy – will also feature.
Medical services will be provided through a centralised operator and delivered by a full complement of doctors and nurses operating in line with Saudi and international standards.
Construction at the gigaproject’s site has been under way since Q1 2019, with the launch of the the development's first phase expected in 2022.