Foster + Partners to turn UAE landfill into circular showpiece

UK architect Foster + Partners has been chosen to masterplan the redevelopment of a landfill site in the Emirate of Sharjah, Dubai’s northern neighbour, for the Bee’ah waste management company.

According to the architect, the plan aims to "reflect Bee’ah’s vision of a world where clean energy is generated sustainably and used efficiently by employing innovative technology".

The project will begin after the Sharjah achieves its zero waste to landfill target, which is set for 2020.

It was not clearly exactly what will be built on the site, however Foster said whatever it was would fit with the model of the circular economy, by which end-of-life waste is converted into raw materials.

Giles Robinson, senior partner at the architect, said: "It is with a sense of excitement and anticipation that we are entering into a partnership agreement with Bee’ah as we have been deeply impressed by their vision to go far beyond what might be considered the standard transformation of a landfill site.

"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."

Image courtesy of Foster + Partners

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