Bee’ah, Foster+Partners sign agreement for innovative transformation of landfill site

Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading environmental energy and waste management company has inked a major deal with Foster + Partners, an innovative architecture and integrated design practice. The agreement will see the British firm create a masterplan for the redevelopment of what is currently Sharjah’s principal landfill site at Bee’ah’s own Waste Management Centre, the company revealed.

The Centre is located in the Al Saj’ah district of Sharjah and houses advanced recovery and recycling facilities. Managed by a team of international, industry-leading experts, additional facilities will be added to the Centre in the coming years to further recycle the received material, according to the company. Foster+Partners’ plans are being drawn up in anticipation of Bee’ah’s landfill site becoming redundant, which is expected to happen once the city reaches its ‘zero waste to landfill’ target in 2020.

“It gives us great pleasure to be here today, signing this important agreement with Foster + Partners. In doing so Bee’ah is once again signing with a global leader in its field and a company that shares our commitment to making the world a cleaner, healthier and more attractive place for future generations to enjoy,” said HE Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah.

The prospect of Sharjah reaching its zero waste to landfill target has been brought much closer through the recent groundbreaking agreement for a state of the art waste-to-energy plant which is now under construction at the Waste Management Centre. That project, being implemented by the Bee’ah and Masdar JV Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC), is just the first of a number of similar facilities planned for construction in the region by Bee’ah.

Giles Robinson, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners said, “We believe that this vision, as interpreted though our masterplan, represents a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate just what can be achieved at sites like this which feature in every industrialised nation on the planet. The project will also serve to further showcase Bee’ah’s waste management centre as a place where innovation, environmental best practice and good design take centre stage.”

“Through strategic partnerships with some of the world’s most innovative, creative and forward-thinking companies such as Foster + Partners we are confident that we can apply this approach elsewhere, bringing sustainable development in new markets and promoting a circular economy in communities that are ready and willing to commit to resource recovery,” said HE Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO, Bee’ah.