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Carillion wins Bee’ah Sharjah HQ construction contract

The £4 billion turnover British contractor Carillion Plc has confirmed that it was awarded the contract to build the new, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly headquarters for Bee’ah, Sharjah’s award-winning integrated environmental and waste management company, sometime last year. Carillion collaborated with UK-based Zaha Hadid Architects to win the contract and will manage the project via its UAE venture Al Futtaim Carillion. The construction deal is said to be worth tens of millions of pounds.

Both Carillion and Zaha Hadid Architects contracts have been supported by UK Export Finance, Britain’s Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), under the department’s Direct Lending Facility. HSBC Bank Middle East will act as arranger on the transaction, while HSBC Bank Plc is the agent.

Bee’ah revealed the futuristic design of its new 7,000 square metre headquarters in 2015. Designed by the late Prtizker prize-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the building design takes its inspiration from desert sand dunes and reflects the organisation’s passion for leading environmental change.

To be located on a 90,000 square metre site adjacent to the Waste Management Centre in Saj’ah industrial city in Sharjah, the new headquarters is expected to be operational by the end of 2018, while Bee’ah expects the complex to being powered 100 percent by renewable energy by the year 2021.

In 2014, Bee’ah awarded British firm Chinook Sciences with a GBP 300 million (AED 1.8 billion) contract for the construction of an advanced 400,000 tonne per annum thermal energy-from-waste facility and earlier this year announced that Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, will build a new 300,000 tonne waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah.

Established by royal decree in 2007, Bee’ah’s goal is to transform Sharjah into the environmental capital of the Middle East, diverting 100 percent of emirate’s waste from landfill to recycling, energy production and other resources. The emirate currently diverts some 67 percent of waste destined for landfill to recycling, energy production and other resources.

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