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Old November 17th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Sidra Village | EDUCATION CITY | U/C



This walled community on the outskirts of Doha will provide 1,165 flats for the nursing staff of the new Sidra hospital, as part of the Education City development. The scheme will contains a small mosque, community and leisure facilities, restaurants and cafes.

Designed by Allies and Morrison for the Qatar Foundation, Sidra Villa is integrated within the existing street pattern, with new diagonal links connecting the scheme to the hospital it is serving. It is orientated to minimise the impact of the sun with the east-west grain.

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Hendrik Heyns, director, Allies and Morrison, adds: “The density of the site is higher than the surrounding villas. Therefore the masterplan was developed with two-storey buildings around the perimeter of the site with blocks split into smaller buildings relating directly to the surrounding villas.

He continues: “The buildings towards the centre of the site step up to three-storeys to accommodate the higher density. This creates a more urban environment. The urban grain across the site reflects the surroundings, which helps to create a fully integrated new part of the city.

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Heyes explains: “The brief called for very repetitive one and two bedroom units and this created the danger of a very stark and soulless environment. The design managed to achieve diversity and a sense of place but still using the minimum number of unit types to keep design and construction simple and cost effective.”

Public spaces are integrated throughout, such as a central square, a Sika providing a fully pedestrian route, semi-private courtyards for the residents of each block and private open space in the balconies for each unit. Some buildings also have shaded roof gardens.

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“The facades are modelled with recess panels and deep window reveals achieved by using 300mm thick walls,” adds Heyes. “The building fabric is also enriched by the use of four different patterns for the different quarters, in mainly metalwork and precast concrete elements.”

Sustainability credentials include a central cooling plant, solar hot water, solar shading, water recycling for irrigation, a bicycle hire scheme and a bus route. The project is mindful of a potential expansion to the west.



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Mazaya Qatar awards 130 million deal to China’s Sinohydro for construction of Sidra Village

16 January 2012
Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development Company has awarded China’s Sinohydro a contract worth QR 473 million ($ 130 million) to construct the Sidra Village project.



Mr. Seraj Al Baker, CEO of Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development and Mr. Wu Wenhao, Sinohydro (Gulf) Managing Director, who signed the contract on behalf of their respective organizations in the presence of H.E Mr. Zhang Zhiliang, Chinese Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Mr. Rashid Al Nafisi Chairman of Al Mazaya Holding and Board member of Mazaya Qatar, and Mr. Naif Al Awadi, CEO of Al Mazaya Holding.

According to the contract, Sinohydro will undertake all the construction and finishing works of the project, and will deliver the complete project in 20 months. Sidra Village consists of 1165 residential units, including 658 one bedroom apartments of approximately 50 square meters each, and 507 two bedroom apartments of approximately 85 square meters each.

Mazaya Qatar has signed a 20 year Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to build and manage the Sidra Medical and Research Centre’s residential project.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Seraj Al Baker said: “We are thrilled to sign another construction contract in the history of Mazaya Qatar. It is a new milestone and confirms our professionalism and determination as a Company and our commitment to deliver Sidra Village project within the scheduled deadline”.

“As a Company we thoroughly study and evaluate the projects in which we plan to invest and also select the right timing when to implement them in the light of current conditions. We aim to focus on income generating projects to ensure the highest possible returns on investment and grow our assets responsibly”, he added.

Al Baker said that the selection of Sinohydro was based on a transparent profound study against a number of other offers submitted by construction firms. He added: “We concluded that Sinohydro is the ideal partner to achieve this important project, due to their track record of successes in carrying out similar projects to the highest level of proficiency in execution and their strict adherence to deadline”.
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