Al Bait Sharjah has been selected as the national winner for Northern Emirates in the Commercial Property Project of the Year category of this year’s 2019 MEED Projects Awards, in association with Mashreq.
“I am of course delighted with this recognition for our design team,” said Brian Johnson, Managing Partner of Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ). “This award is testament to the considerable skill and vision of all of our dedicated designers, and we are delighted to have our talent recognised in the MEED Projects Awards. Al Bait Sharjah has been a long but fascinating project and the challenge of incorporating historical buildings into a boutique resort while respecting the heritage area was not an easy task but the result is one that we are particularly proud of.”
Al Bait Sharjah is a 53-key boutique resort in the AI Mareija area of the Heart of Sharjah heritage project. The primary aim of the development, from an urban design point of view, was to re-create the intimacy and character of an historic village, with narrow streets, open courtyards and secluded entrance ways and to weave these into the guest experience.
The project involved the redevelopment of five existing historical buildings: Bait Ibrahim Al Midfa – The Library; Bait Eissa Al Midfa – The Reception; Bait Abdul Rahman Al Midfa- The Heritage Guestroom block, Bait Abdullah Al Mahmood- The Arabic Restaurant and Ibrahim Al Midfa Majlis- The Café all with the aim of respecting the heritage area and buildings and maintaining the traditional urban fabric of the old Sharjah city.
“This year the judging panel reviewed a record number of entries from across the GCC, which affirms yet again the robust projects market in the region, amidst the challenging business landscape. Competition has been tough, and it’s great to see a strong commitment not just in completing projects, but also in meeting very stringent quality standards. Congratulations to all our national winners,” said Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED.
Al Bait Sharjah will now be reviewed against its Gulf rivals for the GCC honours to determine the final winners of the 2019 MEED Projects Awards, in association with Mashreq.