Construction underway on Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Red Sea project site

RedSea BaseCampThe Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has commenced initial operations of The Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most ambitious tourism developments

The ‘Base Camp’, which is situated on the coastal area near the southern end of the 28,000 sq km destination, is the first of numerous enabling works to be carried out in 2019 to provide the essential infrastructure for the project. 

These works will also include temporary roads, bridge, jetties, utilities, workforce accommodation, and a management village which will support the development of the luxury tourism destination.

“This is an important milestone for The Red Sea Project and takes us another step closer to our goal of creating a truly exquisite tourism destination on the beautiful Red Sea coast,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.  

“The remote nature of the site, which is an important part of its appeal as a destination, creates logistical challenges for the support of large-scale development. The Base Camp is an essential first step in preparing the destination for construction.”

One of the first priorities overseen will be the development of the construction village, a residential compound to house the workforce. The first phase of the construction village will house up to 10,000 people, providing accommodation, amenities, and recreation to the highest standards. The Base Camp will also kick off TRSDC’s implementation of comprehensive provisions for worker health and safety. Construction Village works will begin in Q2, 2019.

“We will be sourcing local labour force and internationally using both our own resources and those of our construction and development partners,” Pagano added. “Our objective is to set a new standard of excellence for labour management in the region.”

Another key part of Phase 0 works will be the management village. The management village will, once complete, replace the base camp as the centre of TRSDC operations on site and house a wider range of project management and corporate functions. The management village works will commence in Q2 2019.

TRSDC will also construct a temporary bridge to connect a hub island – the focal point of The Red Sea Project Phase 1 development – to the shore, allowing materials to be transported by road as well as jetties to allow access to the more remote islands.

The enabling works will seek to employ the latest technologies in high-quality prefabricated modular construction, where appropriate, to minimise the environmental and social impact on site. Buildings and structures will be manufactured either within Saudi Arabia or overseas and shipped to the site to be placed at their final location as large pre-fabricated elements, thereby reducing demand for on-site labour and temporary utilities.

The ‘Base Camp’ currently houses 60 people who will live and work on site, including project and construction managers, health safety and environmental professionals, government affairs specialists and others. It also includes prayer, dining, gym, and other amenities. Solar water heaters provide hot water. Also on-site is an emergency medical facility with a full-time male nurse and an ambulance.

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