TDIC wins AED 370 million Abu Dhabi construction contract
The Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) has been awarded the main construction contract for Jawaher Saadiyat to Al Jaber Building LLC, following a competitive tendering process. The contract is valued at AED 370 million and based on a 24-month delivery from mobilization on site.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, TDIC’s Chairman of the Board, said: “We are pleased to announce the awarding of the main contract for Jawaher Saadiyat, the latest residential community at the Saadiyat Beach District, which adds to Saadiyat’s appeal as a destination of choice in the market. TDIC has already received much interest from investors for Jawaher due to its prime location overlooking the Saadiyat golf course and the sense of exclusivity it offers to residents. We are confident that once completed, it will drive demand for our real estate offerings on Saadiyat even further.”
H.E. Obaid Khaleefa Al Jaber Al Marri, Chairman of Al Jaber Group said, “We are proud to be chosen by TDIC to execute this project. Having previously developed more than 7,000 villas in numerous prestigious projects, Al Jaber Building is looking forward to join hands with TDIC to develop yet another great milestone.”
Located within the Saadiyat Beach District and overlooking the spectacular views of the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Jawaher Saadiyat will feature 83 exclusive units comprising four to six bedroom villas and 4-bedroom townhouses designed in a contemporary and modern style. The villas’ built-up area ranges from 636 to 1,268 square metres, and include two to four shaded car parks. The townhouses built-up area ranges from 462 to 464 square metres and include two shaded car parks.
The villas have been designed to respect the regional requirements for privacy and serviceability, while embracing and including all the conveniences of a modern lifestyle. Designed by DSA with interiors by Bishop Design, this modern family-based residence features bold geometrical styles accented by glass, stone and wood that imbue the spacious indoor and outdoor areas with a remarkable, modern aesthetic.
Residents will enjoy easy access to first-class facilities, which include, a security-controlled gate, beautifully landscaped grounds, multi-use games area, a gym, a children’s outdoor playground, adults and children swimming pools, male and female prayer rooms, ample parking for residents and guests, a café, a restaurant, a mini mart, a salon and a linear park.
Jawaher Saadiyat will offer its future residents proximity to some of Saadiyat’s most high-end hospitality, cultural, educational and retail offerings. These include international five-star resorts and leisure facilities within the Saadiyat Beach District such as The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and the Saadiyat Beach Club. The project also sits within walking distance from Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, and in proximity to the Saadiyat Cultural District, home to Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to open on the island.
TDIC has partnered with various banks to offer potential homeowners a range of attractive financial offers. These include Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Finance, Union National Bank Mashreq Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.
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Research reveals 164% rise in searches for loft conversions
Market research conducted by building supply specialist Insulation4Less has revealed that searches for ‘Loft Conversions’ rose by a staggering 164% between May and June of this year, while searches for ‘Loft Conversion Ideas’ jumped by 186% as people spend more time on home renovations this summer.
The company also found that the most popular use for a loft conversion is for an additional bedroom, while an extra bathroom was the second-highest search term. Walk-in wardrobes came in third, beating out a home office in fourth while converting a loft into a home cinema round off the top five.
According to a recent study, a loft conversion can add roughly 20% to the value of a property. With the average UK house price standing at £267,000 in January 2021, this represents an average increase in value of more than £53,400.
Johnpaul Manning, Managing Director of Insulation4Less, said: “If the last year has taught us anything, it's that having space is essential to our mental health and wellbeing, so it's no surprise that people are taking the time to focus on home improvements to help them make the most of their home.
As one of the most under-utilised areas in any property, loft conversions represent a great opportunity to maximise the use of space that not only improves quality of life but also has the capacity to add value to the home”, he said.
Manning added that it's important to remember that a loft conversion isn't just your average DIY project, and should never be done on the spur of the moment. “A significant amount of planning needs to happen to make it a reality, and an understanding that life can be disrupted while the build is taking place.
“While it's definitely a worthwhile project, I'd recommend that anyone considering a loft conversion should do some in-depth research to really understand what's needed to make it a reality”, Manning said.
Is Your Loft Suitable For a Conversion?
While loft conversions do look amazing and add an extra element to a property, not all homes may be suitable. Insulation4Less says that this is due to a variety of factors.
“It's important to make sure that your roof is structurally sound enough to handle a conversion”, the company said. Although there are different types of roof structures, they mostly fall into two distinct categories: a traditional roof, and a trussed roof.
A traditional roof: was typically found in pre-1960s houses. Rafters on traditional roofs run along its edges, leaving a good amount of free space. However, they might still need new or extra support. Trussed roofs, on the other hand, have ‘W’ shaped rafters that support the roof and the floor structure. Even though truss roofs may appear to be harder to convert, it’s not impossible; the ‘W’ shaped rafters can be replaced with an ‘A’ shape structure which creates a hollow space. While this can add additional costs, it could be a worthy investment, so take this into consideration during your planning process.
“Another thing to consider is the roof's height and pitch, and how that will impact the amount of space you’ll have. You’ll need a minimum height of 2.2m to ensure proper clearance. While you might be happy to settle for something a little shorter on paper, make sure your happy with the height you have and the effect it could have on the enjoyment of the space”, Insulation4Less advises.
The company recommends doing research before going to an architect or contractor. “Ultimately, look for other conversions on your street or in similar properties, and if you feel comfortable, ask if you can have a look and discuss how their project came together - you’ll find a wealth of information that could really help your own project in the future”.
Information credit: Insulation4Less.