Building Saudi’s Red Sea giga-project: May’s 21CC podcast

Image of the Red Sea giga-project featured in May's 21CC podcast

The May episode of the 21CC podcast is out, featuring an in-depth interview with Andy Tyson, the man in charge of building Saudi Arabia’s from-scratch, high-end tourism region on its remote Red Sea coast.

The Red Sea giga-project will go down as one of the biggest and fastest mobilisations of capital for construction in history. The plan is to build 50 separate luxury resorts, all powered by renewables. Two are open now, as is the scheme’s new international airport.

Tyson was developer Red Sea Global’s 67th employee when he joined the company in 2018. Now, the staff count is in the thousands.

“We’ve gone from bare sand to resorts that are open, to an airport that is open, to 760,000 photovoltaic panels that are operational and providing clean power,” Tyson tells Global Construction Review’s David Rogers.

Oh, Canada!

Also in this episode, BIMplus editor Justin Stanton speaks to two UK CIOB members, who answered Canada’s call for construction professionals, to find out how the expat life is going.

Ken Smyth is building a Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters on the west coast in British Columbia, while Iain Thomas is leading Ontario’s biggest-ever rail transit expansion, headquartered in Toronto.

What clients want

And Construction Management deputy editor Cristina Lago speaks to veteran adviser Dr Claire Handby FCIOB about the three things construction clients need most.

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