Nesma JV wins contract for landscape nursery in Saudi Arabia

WCN Editorial Team 10 Apr 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

A joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s Nesma Trading and UAE-based Professional Landscape has won a design and build contract from The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) for an onsite landscape nursery that covers more than one million m² in Saudi Arabia.

TRSDC is the developer behind The Red Sea Project, an ultra-luxury tourism destination in the UAE.

The Red Sea Development Company CEO John Pagano said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the award of the contract for our onsite landscape nursery.

“This is another important milestone and a very challenging project given the unique set of logistical and environmental characteristics of the destination.

“We are equally pleased to award this contract to a partnership led by a Saudi company, one that has demonstrated its ability and commitment to delivering projects to the highest international development and sustainability standards.”

One of the largest in the region, the nursery will propagate groundcovers, plants, shrubs, trees and palms to help meet the demand of more than 15 million plants for landscaping by completion of the tourism destination.

The plants grown will mostly be native species that are adapted to the climate and conditions around the destination, both coastal and inland.

Irrigation control and targeted application of water will reduce the nursery’s dependence on water from reverse osmosis.

After completion of the enabling infrastructure for the Phase 1 development later in 2019, treated waste water will be used to supplement irrigation.

TRSDC chief development officer Ian Williamson said: “Providing water for a landscape nursery of this scale has been one of the key challenges.

“The landscape nursery will give us two to three growing seasons per year, which is adequate time to propagate, mature and acclimatize trees, shrubs and plants in time for contractors to install the landscaping ahead of our 2022 opening.

“We will also propagate turfgrass for our championship golf course, hotels and residential properties.”

The Red Sea Project tourism and hospitality destination will include an archipelago of 90 untouched natural islands, dormant volcanoes, vast desert, mountains, rich nature and inspiring culture.

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Image: The Red Sea Project is building a nursery, which spans more than 1km², to propagate small plants, shrubs and trees. Photo: Courtesy of The Red Sea Development Company.

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