Chapman Taylor designed Porta Jeddah is Highly Commended at the RLI MENA awards

Porta Jeddah, a 123,000m² GBA mixed-use development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been Highly Commended at the RLI MENA Future Project Awards held at the Crowne Plaza RDC Hotel in Riyadh.

RLI is renowned for its highly coveted and prestigious Global RLI Awards now in its nineteenth year and it has always had a close affiliation with the Middle East. These inaugural RLI MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Awards was established to celebrate the most visionary and innovative retail and leisure concepts from across the region.

With construction already started, Porta Jeddah is set to become an iconic landmark in Jeddah and will feature a wide variety of retail, F&B, and leisure as well as a 183-key lifestyle hotel, 53 serviced apartments, and workplace amenities.

The design draws inspiration from the city's rich cultural heritage and includes elements that evoke powerful memories of Jeddah, such as the Makkah gate, the old port, Al Balad, and the palace gardens.

The development is defined by a vibrant central plaza with a concept based on a journey through a sequence of themed plazas that are informed by the characteristics of Jeddah. The garden plaza offers visitors a variety of al fresco dining options within a beautiful landscape setting, the water plaza showcases retail experiences alongside dancing fountains and interactive sculptures, and the entertainment plaza hosts a range of leisure activities centred around an amphitheatre for social engagement and curated events.

Porta Jeddah is one of many high-profile developments that Chapman Taylor is working on in the Middle East, demonstrating our continued commitment to designing innovative and sustainable developments that meet the needs of modern cities.

Held on 7 February in Riyadh, the RLI MENA Awards celebrate the most visionary and innovative retail, leisure and mixed-use concepts from across the MENA Region.

Client: Al Akaria; Sectors: Mixed-Use, Retail, Leisure, Hospitality, Workplace; Services: Architecture, Landscape; Area: 123,000m² GBA; Location: Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Status: Under construction.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Olly Bradley-Barnard (BArch)

Director, Dubai

Olly joined Chapman Taylor’s Bangkok studio in 2012. During his time in South East Asia, he worked on a variety of award-winning projects in the region, including Mui Dinh Eco Park in Vietnam – winner of the prestigious MIPIM “Best Futura Mega Project” Award in 2018.

He joined our Dubai studio in 2018 to strengthen our presence in the region with his experience of designing in many different countries and cultures. He has worked on many key projects in the region, including a major mixed-use project in Madinah, Airport City in Jeddah and many important government-funded projects in Saudi Arabia.

Olly’s approach to projects is to create and develop a design concept that has a strong identity, informed by the place, the culture and other aspects of the development’s context.

Olly was promoted to the position of Director in our Dubai studio in 2022.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed-use / Retail / Hospitality / Residential / Concept Design

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