The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), has awarded contracts to Red Sea International and Facilities Management Company (FMCO) to provide all maintenance, security, catering, administrative and laundry services at The Red Sea Project?s Construction Village, located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia
The two companies will be responsible for the accommodation of up to 5,000 construction workers and ensuring the highest living standards for all workers, whether employed directly by TRSDC or by contractors. A dedicated 24/7 helpdesk will available for workers staying at the village.
John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC, said, ?Our Construction Village is an important element of the Phase One development. In order to continue with the rate of progress we?ve seen to date, we must first and foremost ensure that our workers are healthy, happy and safe.?
The accommodation at present exceeds International Finance Corporation (IFC) guidelines, which means residential buildings and facilities are both comfortable and safe. Rooms in the village have partitions between beds for privacy, bathrooms and showers in the same building, along with personal safes for belongings; and Wi-Fi coverage in all areas to help workers stay in touch with family and friends.
?We?re extremely proud of the ambitious standards that we have committed to and the appointment of Red Sea International and FMCO ensures that these standards are maintained for the benefit of our workforce and their welfare,? added Pagano.
Red Sea International and FMCO will also play an important role in creating a sense of community in the village, with neighbourhoods formed between the living and recreational areas. Workers will be able to make use of the cricket pitches, volleyball and basketball courts, football pitches, gyms and cinemas, as well as a supermarket and a barber shop on-site.
Tareq Telmesani, Group CEO, Red Sea International said, ?Our expertise paired with The Red Sea Development Company?s focus on their people means we?re aiming to set a quality benchmark for the construction industry worldwide. It is our goal to make the project site a safe and enjoyable place to work, and to create a sense of community through the delivery of reliable services and engaging events.?
Abdulhakim Al Khaldi, chairman of FMCO, one of the affiliates of Al YAMAMA Group, said: ?We are delighted to embark on this new partnership with The Red Sea Development Company and together we will work to bring the latest technology, efficiencies and sustainable practices to ensure world-class standards are met for worker welfare, which is our joint focus. We are confident that we will play a central role in delivering this vision as this ambitious destination is brought to life.?
The Red Sea Project recently signed more than 500 contracts worth over US$3.3bn; a figure which is set to reach US$3.9bn by the end of 2020.
Work is on track across all phases of the project, with Phase One due for completion in 2023. The project comprises 16 hotels and 3,000 rooms across five islands, two inland resorts, as well as some commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.
Development of the Red Sea International Airport is also well underway, which will serve up to one million passengers per year from 2030 onwards, in line with TRSDC?s commitment to limit the number of visitors depending on the environment's carrying capacity.