Construction Week: Arada awards contract for Sharjah’s Zaha Hadid-designed Central Hub

Construction Week: Arada awards contract for Sharjah’s Zaha Hadid-designed Central Hub

News: 2 October 2018

The Middle East’s largest trade title features contractor news at Aljada

Construction Week: 2 October 2018

Sharjah-headquartered real estate developer Arada has revealed the final masterplan of the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Central Hub, a 17.7ha leisure and entertainment component within its Aljada megaproject. Modern Building Contracting Company (MBCC) has been named as the contractor for Phase 1 of Central Hub.

Work on Phase 1 of Central Hub, which includes Arada’s sales centre, an outdoor cinema space, a food truck village, and a skate park, is due to complete at the end of Q1 2019. Arada said it is on track “to complete the entire complex by 2022”.

MBCC has mobilised on site for Phase 1 of Central Hub, which spans 3ha. Tenders for Phase 2 will be issued Q3 2019, and tendering for Phase 3 will begin in Q1 2020, a spokesperson for Arada told Construction Week. 

Phases 2 and 3 will respectively complete in 2020 and 2022, and will include a 6,038m2 water-based play area, an extreme sports centre, an ‘edutainment’ complex, an 11-screen cinema, and a “giant adventure” golf course.

The car-free Central Hub is the “focal point” of Aljada, and is the size of 25 football fields, making it “slightly larger than London’s Green Park”. It will feature 6.8ha of green space, in addition to a large, landscaped community park covering a quarter of the complex.

Arada reiterated that Central Hub would be a “futuristic complex”, with its elliptical buildings designed “to channel prevailing winds […] to aid natural cooling during the hot summer months”. The complex will be irrigated by recovered and recycled water, and its lighting needs will be provided by smart solar power. Central Hub’s “tensile canopies will sustain a microclimate at ground level for gardens featuring plant species native to the region”, Arada said in a statement.

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