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04 July 2007

Mott MacDonald to produce environmental plan for central market development, Abu Dhabi

Mott MacDonald has been appointed to develop and implement the Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP) for Aldar Properties PJSC’s flag ship development of the Central Market in Abu Dhabi, the largest of the emirates in the UAE.

This high-profile development is part of President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan’s vision for taking Abu Dhabi into a new era as well as boosting tourism and business in the region. The site has cultural and historic importance to locals as it was home to the original Central Market known as the Old Souq where locals gathered to exchange goods and socialise.

The 56,000m² re-development will consist of an 88 storey residential tower, a 58 storey office block, 5 star and 4 star hotels, retail outlets, car parking facilities, a new souq, a mosque and parks with landscaped gardens, some of which are terraced over the main retail podium. A retail bridge will also be constructed crossing Khalifa street, the main high street in Abu Dhabi.

The CEMP describes how environmental requirements are to be managed during construction. The plan, which is required by law in order to obtain a building permit, covers a number of issues including:

  • Management of potential nuisance issues with local residences, such as noise and dust from the construction site
  • Monitoring the risk of contamination of soil and groundwater, particularly important due to the coastal location of the project
  • Training of site workers to ensure measures outlined in the plan are implemented
Mark Grundy, Mott MacDonald’s project manager said, “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting development for Abu Dhabi. Mott MacDonald has a wealth of expertise in delivering infrastructure projects in the Middle East and welcomes this opportunity to restore an important part of local culture and enhance local amenities.”

Mott MacDonald will work with Aldar until the end of the construction programme in mid 2010.


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