BEEAH Group Officially Opens Ground-breaking New Headquarters, Unveiling the ‘Office of the Future’

Designed by Zaha Hadid and the team at Zaha Hadid Architects to be integrated with next generation technologies, the building is set to realise net-zero emissions and achieve a new standard for employee convenience and collaboration

Sharjah, UAE (March 31, 2022): The BEEAH
Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, was opened on Wednesday, March 30 by His Highness
Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and UAE Supreme
Council Member, setting a new benchmark for future workplaces.

Powered by its solar array and equipped with next-generation
technologies, the new headquarters has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
(ZHA) to achieve net-zero emissions and will be the group’s management and
administrative centre.

With their twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and
digitalisation, BEEAH Group works across six key industries that include waste
management and recycling, clean energy, environmental consulting, education and
green mobility.

The new headquarters is the latest achievement for BEEAH as
it continues to pioneer new innovations for Sharjah, reaffirming its position
as sustainability capital of the Middle East. Additionally, the Headquarters
serves as a base of operations for BEEAH to strengthen its existing businesses,
diversify into new, future-critical industries and expand its presence in the UAE,
across the Middle East and globally. Through the Headquarters, BEEAH Group is
demonstrating how technology can scale sustainable impact, ultimately serving
as a blueprint for tomorrow’s smart, sustainable cities.

Embodying these principles and embedded within its context
of Sharjah’s Al Sajaa desert, ZHA’s design responds to its environment as a
series of interconnecting ‘dunes’ orientated and shaped to optimize local climatic
conditions; echoing the surrounding landscape of sand dunes shaped by prevailing
winds into concave dunes and ridges that become convex when they intersect.

The design ensures all internal spaces are provided with
ample daylight and views while limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the
harsh sun. Its two primary ‘dunes’ house the public and management departments together
with the administrative zone that interconnect via a central courtyard,
defining an oasis within the building which is integral to its natural
ventilation strategy.

Visitors enter beneath the 15-metre high dome which further enhances
natural ventilation and allows passive daylight to enter the building. In
addition to the central courtyard and open-plan office, the headquarters
incorporates smart meeting rooms, an immersive visitors centre and a
state-of-the art auditorium,.

The BEEAH Headquarters has sustainability at its core with a
high percentage of locally procured materials and is equipped with future-ready
technologies to enable operations at LEED Platinum standards with net-zero
emissions and minimal energy consumption.

Glass reinforced fibre panels reduce solar gain while slab
and glass cooling regulate interior temperatures for optimum comfort. On-site
water treatment filtrates waste water to minimise consumption and its solar
farm charges Tesla battery packs to meet the building’s energy demand throughout
each day and night.

The employee experience includes contactless pathways, a
virtual concierge, smart meeting rooms and a companion app that automates
day-to-day tasks. The building’s smart management system automatically adjusts
lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and time of day. The rooms are
also equipped for remote and hybrid work scenarios with powerful collaboration
tools.

A manifestation of their twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and digitalisation, the new headquarters by ZHA is an important milestone for BEEAH Group, signalling its growth from a company founded to proactively tackle environmental issues in Sharjah, UAE, to an international group with businesses in industries that are critical to realising a sustainable future. ZHA delivered the BEEAH Headquarters in collaboration with sustainability engineers and consultants Atelier Ten and Buro Happold, project managers Matthews Southwest, construction contractor Al Futtaim Construction, MEP engineers Al Futtaim Engineering. Smart building technologies by Microsoft, Johnson Controls and EVOTEQ, a BEEAH Digital venture.

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