UK architects break out into Qatar with eco-villa

Eco Villa

Norwich-based LSI Architects has broken into the Qatar market by winning a major contract for the country’s first eco-villa after years of research and training.

Green features on the Eco Villa project will include an in-house energy generating system, water efficient plumbing and irrigation, and intelligent building control systems. The materials used will also be highly eco-friendly.

“We began researching The Gulf as a new market in response to the recession. I went on a UKTI trade mission to Abu Dhabi and Qatar in early 2010 and talked to packed meetings about LSI’s expertise in sustainable design.


The trade mission was followed by a series of one-to-one meetings in Qatar to establish our credentials and explore partnerships,” said LSI Architects partner Trevor Price.

LSI has been working with both the UKTI and the British Embassy in Qatar, and has completed training in Qatar’s sustainability assessment system (QSAS), one of the most comprehensive in the world.

“This [Qualifying in QSAS] led to us being invited, along with two other practices, to submit proposals for the Eco Villa to the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), which is championing the project. It is wonderful news for the practice that our design has been chosen for the Eco Villa and we look forward to working on the villa from the autumn,” said Price.

“LSI Architects is an excellent example of a UK company that has invested time to develop relationships before winning their first project in Qatar,” said Bassam Al Tahtamouni, commercial attaché at the British Embassy in Qatar

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2 Responses to UK architects break out into Qatar with eco-villa

  1. andrew bannister says:

    I thoroughly commend the input and interest that LSI have shown in working to help further the “eco-friendly” systems that need to be developed for this and other regions of the world but on seeing the image provided I wonder if they are as aware of local issues as they should be ?
    It is not for me to be negative without reason, but the image provided shows extensive areas of what appears to be grass and I wonder if that is so?, and if so, why design the huge demand for water that “grass” requires, a most valuable commodity here in the Middle East. I have been here in Dubai and part time in Doha for five years and I specialize in the remodeling of large villas and having a keen interest in “eco-friendly” systems I have yet to find anyone with sufficient knowledge that can be applied to the specific problems caused by the constant heat and lack of rain. The added hazards of the consistent covering of all exterior surfaces in dust and sand and a general lack in the knowledge of building detailing becomes even more a requirement for an “eco-friendly” project. And when it comes to cooling, efficient eco-friendly cooling, I am all ears…..!!!
    However, if all of the above mentioned and more has been thoroughly and properly questioned and answered, then I for one will keep a keen eye on what LSI do next …indeed, bring it on, because with the increased interest in all sustainable options for this region, I not only need to keep abreast for the good of my adopted country and region, but I note that we need as many people properly involved as possible to make it all happen…. and continue to strive for systems suitable to our unique environment. Andrew Bannister

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