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UK green construction expertise wins international contract

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UK green construction and architectural expertise will build the first ever green administration headquarters, powered by renewables, in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Collaboration between UK firms Carillion and Zaha Hadid Architects won the contract to build the centre for leading UAE-based environmental management company Bee’ah, with support from UK Export Finance (UKEF).

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “Our support to help Carillion secure this contract shows the UK’s global leadership in sustainable engineering, and our pioneering expertise in developing smart cities and green buildings for the future. The UAE is a key partner in the region and 5000 UK companies work there. Through UKEF, the Government is ensuring that British firms can be the first choice to support the country’s ambitions.”

Sharjah is the third largest and third most populous city in the UAE, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. The new Bee’ah headquarters will be powered by low- and zero-carbon sources, including solar power and waste-to-energy and will be one of the most advanced buildings in the region.

Using British architectural and construction expertise, the design has been developed to use natural light and temperature management systems where possible. Recycled materials will also be used in the construction phase.

Dame Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned British architect, designed the building. The headquarters is expected to be operational by the end of 2018, moving towards the major milestone of being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2021.

Last reviewed 13 February 2017

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