kb-network    News 22 Jan 2018

Masdar City’s big order for bathroom pods suggests growing trend in construction industry

As time goes by the prefabricated bathroom is becoming a more and more useful instrument for speeding up construction operations, as the most complex and onerous part of a building – the bathroom – is entrusted to third parties.

Masdar City, a planned city in the United Arab Emirates, is on track to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, living up to its nickname of the ‘green city’. So satisfied with the 2,000 bathroom pods, installed by UNIPODS for the Neighborhood One Residences (N1R), Masdar has put in another order for a further 1,700 bathroom pods.

The perfect solution for hotels, residential buildings, and villas, the pod is a full turn-key bathroom solution, manufactured off-site and tailor-made to the client’s specifications. Pre-engineered, pre-fitted, ready-plumbed, and delivered prepped for installation, it is the perfect ‘plug and play’ concept for the fast-paced construction industry.

To maximise efficiency and minimise waste, the pods are manufactured in a factory. Then each is fully tested according to the highest industry standards. The pods are then installed by UNIPODS before the facade of the building is completed, allowing large-scale construction projects to be completed with less difficulty.

Dr. Khalid Al Rajhi, Chairman, Al Rajhi Building Solutions Group, said, “Masdar City has chosen UNIPODS to deliver a second batch order of 1,700 new bathroom pods — which reflects their confidence in the world-class, fully sustainable products that we have created specifically to meet the requirements of the world’s first sustainable city.”

UNIPODS already owns one of the world’s biggest pod factories, located across a 75,000 sq m plot. However, in response to increasing demand, the company has revealed plans to open a new production facility in Yunbu, KSA, which will have an output capacity of 6,000 pods per year.

“The order for a second batch of bathroom pods from Masdar City demonstrates the exemplary track record of UNIPODS in serving the most prestigious players in the GCC region’s construction industry. In addition, the trust and confidence placed in us highlights the added value that we place in our pods–which are a true showcase of quality, speed, convenience and sustainability. We look forward to once again fulfilling this order, delivering world-class and highly efficient bathroom pods that fits Masdar City’s sustainability trademark,” concluded Ahmed Al Bassam, CEO, Al Rajhi Building Solutions Group.

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