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Masterise Homes signs partnership with two UK firms

By Ngoc Diem   April 21, 2022 | 07:00 pm PT
The strategic partnership agreements between parties to develop The Global City in HCMC were witnessed by Graham Stuart, MP, prime minister trade envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Masterise Homes has signed strategic partnership agreements with Foster + Partners and Quimera Energy Efficiency in developing The Global City in HCMC on April 7.

Foster + Partners will act as architectural advisors of The Global City, providing innovative and sustainable design solutions for the township.

Quimera Energy Efficiency (QEE) – a London-based smart building hi-tech engineering company, will design, install, commission, and maintain energy-efficient systems with minimal rates of energy consumption.

Representatives of Masterise Homes, Foster + Partners and QEE signs strategic partnership agreements. Photo by Minh Tri

Representatives of Masterise Homes, Foster + Partners and QEE signs strategic partnership agreements. Photo by Minh Tri

The Global City is the first township in Vietnam to engage Foster + Partners and QEE.

"Envisioning The Global City to be Southeast Asia's iconic township, Masterise Homes commits to bringing the township luxury contemporary designs, advanced technology and sustainable solutions," Youssef Akila, head of Design, Masterise Homes said at the signing ceremony.

Youssef Akila, head of Design, Masterise Homes. Photo by Minh Tri

Youssef Akila, head of Design, Masterise Homes. Photo by Minh Tri

Youssef Akila, head of Design, Masterise Homes. Photo by Minh Tri

Akila also discussed various elements of sustainability at The Global City, including greenery, energy, water treatment, and selection of materials.

In particular, 11 percent of the master plan consists of green spaces of different sizes, which is equivalent to 13 hectares of trees.

A local electric transport network of bicycles, electric mopeds and small carts using lighting poles as charging locations can provide a local carbon positive transport network for inhabitants.

Buildings are arranged and designed to limit sun exposure and solar radiation (30-40 percent reduction on average).

"The principles of sustainability are integral to our work. For any projects including The Global City, we strive to design buildings that address the effects of climate change, create urban quarters that support thriving communities, and look to improve the quality of life in a city for all," said Toby Blunt, senior partner, Foster + Partners.

Toby Blunt, senior partner, Foster + Partners. Photo by Minh Tri

Toby Blunt, senior partner, Foster + Partners. Photo by Minh Tri

John Chambers, business development director of Quimera Energy, shared that as Vietnam aims to reduce emissions by 27 percent by 2030, Quimera aims to help clients reach their net-zero targets.

"As will be the case with The Global City Project, Quimera will work closely with Masterise and Foster + Partners to design, install, commission, and maintain energy-efficient plant rooms and systems," said Chambers.

The Global City development, located in An Phu ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, began construction last year. The project is expected to be completed in the following 48 months.

A perspective of The Global City project. Photo by Foster + Partners

A perspective of The Global City project. Photo by Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is a global studio for architecture, infrastructure, design, and engineering services. Its team of 1,500 is headquartered in London, with studios in 13 other cities (Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sydney).

Quimera Energy Efficiency is an international company based in London, U.K. QEE adopts a retro-commissioning approach to energy efficiency, focusing on generating energy savings and minimizing emissions.

Masterise Homes – a member of Masterise Group, is a real estate developer with a portfolio comprising several branded residences in the Vietnam market. Masterise Homes has signed a strategic partnership with Marriott International, one of the largest hotel brands in the world with iconic brands of Marriott, JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton.

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