Contractor chosen to construct Woods Bagot-designed 32,000 sq m complex within ultra-green city in Abu Dhabi


Source: Nigel Young

Brookfield Multiplex has won the contract to build a new headquarters for Masdar, the client behind the ultra-sustainable Masdar city being built in Abu Dhabi.

The three-building, 32,000 sq m complex - designed by architect Woods Bagot - will also house the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Brookfield Multiplex chief executive Ashley Muldoon said: “We are thrilled to be selected, and even more honoured to begin construction of one of the most sustainable developments in the world.

The complex will be located alongside other key ongoing developments within Masdar City such as the expansion of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, construction of the first commercial building and the final stages of construction of the Middle East headquarters of Siemens.

Masdar chief executive Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said that the award of the contract to Brookfield Multiplex marked a “major milestone” in the development of the city.

The new headquarters complex will reportedly be fitted with 1,000 sq m of rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, and reduce water usage by 50%, compared to a typical Abu Dhabi building.

It is also expected to make use of materials including low-carbon cement, high-recycled-content aluminium, recycled steel and sustainably-sourced timber.

Completion is set for summer of 2014.