Foster + Partners selected for excellence in construction in the Gulf region

Foster + Partners has been honoured with the title, “Architect of the Year”, in the inaugural Gulf State Building Awards, announced on 13 November at a ceremony in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Celebrating the highest standards in the region’s construction industry, entries were invited from companies working in the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The judges noted that Foster + Partners’ new office in Abu Dhabi “has a variety of exciting projects already coming out of the ground – the Index Tower in Dubai will be completed next year…and the Al Raha Beach and the Central Markets projects are already bringing architecture of star quality to Abu Dhabi… Perhaps the practice’s greatest achievement has been the concept for Masdar, which has been designed as the most environmentally-friendly development in the UAE.”

Gerard Evenden, Senior Partner, commented:
“We opened our Gulf office in Abu Dhabi in April of this year on the strength of our projects in the region. To receive this award less than a year later is a real endorsement of our work and we look forward to realising some of our most exciting and challenging projects there over the next few years.”

Foster + Partners’ current work in the Gulf includes:

The Index, Dubai
Business Bay Offices, Dubai
Central Market, Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Cityscape, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi
Blue City, Oman
UAE Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

SOURCE: Foster + Partners – Press Release

Mayor clears Crossrail station and Wood Wharf – Wharf.co.uk

Wharf.co.uk reports that

“The future landscape of Canary Wharf is beginning to take shape after Mayor Boris Johnson rubber-stamped three major developments.

The London figurehead approved plans for West India Dock’s Crossrail station, the 7.98 hectare Wood Wharf office and residential scheme, and the 37-storey Newfoundland hotel near Heron Quays.

SOURCE: Wharf.co.uk – Mayor clears Crossrail station and Wood Wharf

Thailand moves toward addressing Climate Change – UNEP

“Thailand is increasingly addressing problems of air quality in tandem with those of climate change, recognizing the “co-benefits” of such an approach, said Supat Wangwongwatana, director-general of Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) at the Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2008 workshop.”

SOURCE: UNEP

Abu Dhabi Well Positioned for Infrastructure Investments

While banks’ liquidity in the Gulf region has been affected by the global credit crisis and the region’s central banks have launched measures to shore up confidence. The crisis has placed Abu Dhabi in an ideal situation, where it can use its surplus cash for launching projects.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Abu Dhabi Well Positioned for Infrastructure Investments.

Oakland firm wins $2.1 million contract to study waterfront design – Inside Bay Area

Inside the Bay Area reports that “Oakland took the next step in defining the future of its central waterfront Wednesday by awarding a $2.1 million contract to………………..the Oakland firm, Community Design + Architecture, the contract to prepare a so-called specific plan and environmental impact report for the central estuary. The area encompasses 428 acres situated between 19th and 54th avenues below Interstate 880.”

SOURCE: Oakland firm wins $2.1 million contract to study waterfront design – Inside Bay Area.

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