Faithful+Gould support MODON to deliver 5 mosques in a record time

Andrew Watson
Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, supported MODON, a master developer mandated by the Abu Dhabi government in the United Arab Emirates, to deliver 5 mosques in Riyadh City in Abu Dhabi.

The project is part of the Department of Municipalities and Transport’s plan in cooperation with MODON to build 20 mosques across Abu Dhabi, with 10 in Abu Dhabi City, five in Al Ain City, and five in the Al Dhafra Region, to be delivered before the end of 2020.

Faithful+Gould through their Framework for Professional Services with Modon acted as Client Representative and Project and Cost Managers on the first phase of this programme which eventually will see 20 new mosques across the city by the end of 2020. The five mosques were completed in a record time of four months to coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan despite the considerable challenges that arose from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Working in close collaboration with key stakeholders involved in this project, the Faithful+Gould team developed a fast track construction solution based upon a prefabricated steel load bearing structure supported on a simple raft foundation. Working closely with the contractor, the team were able to minimise the supply chain delays associated with traditional materials and significantly reduce site operations and construction time. The careful selection of construction methodology together with the use on non-traditional materials has proven to be a real game changer in Mosque construction.

The total capacity of the five mosques exceeds 2,500 persons, and are distinguished by their distinctive heritage designs that are in line with the standards of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments. The facilities include a women's prayer room, a muezzin room, an imam's room and internal and external ablution facilities, in order to ensure that all necessary supplies are provided in accordance with the highest quality standards. The project is in line with the emirate’s vision of creating an ideal ground that contributes to stimulating demographic and economic growth, providing essential community facilities that meet the requirements of the citizen, and serve residential areas in Abu Dhabi.

Andrew Watson, Project Director, Faithful+Gould UAE said: “Innovative solutions, client centricity and pushing on through adversity are at the heart of the Company’s culture and this is a perfect example of how we deliver on our promises. We have now set the benchmark for the roll out of Mosques across Abu Dhabi and will be using this delivery model and lessons learned in the roll out of the additional 15 Mosques across the programme. This project has been an outstanding example of the client, consultant and contracting team going the extra mile. Construction works were completed in record time, well within client timelines and despite the challenges resulting from precautionary measures implemented to mitigate the risk of Coronavirus.”

With over 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, Faithful+Gould have helped transform the region into the live, work and play destination it is today through its portfolio of projects across the property, transport and infrastructure sectors. The Company’s strategy is derived from the ability to improve project management efficiencies through digital technology by enabling new business models and maximising the value from data to create safe and secure infrastructure fit for the future.

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