Project: Club Adaaran Rannalhi Tourist Island
Location: North Male Atoll, Maldives
Cost: USD $5m
Contractor/Developer Jetan Travel Service
Engineer: Mark Marceline
Site Programme: 12 months
Service: Project Manager,
followed by RIBA Service Works Stage E-M
Project Status: Completed 1993


Description: Following his earlier 2-year VSO volunteering posting and return to UK to complete RIBA Part III professional practice exam, Ian returned to Maldives to work again. This time he worked commercially and was appointed initially as the client appointed project manager based on Rannalhi Tourist Island, to liaise with commissioned Sri Lankan architects Pheroze Choksy and Ismeth Raheem.  He was later to be appointed the sole island-based lead architect by resort owners Jetan Travel Service. Thereafter, Ian lived and worked in the Maldives for a further 2 years until 1992.

Whilst living on site on Rannalhi, he helped demolish and regenerate this first-generation Maldives island resort in North Male atoll, and then helped design and facilitate the initial infrastructure and construction of the first phase of this comprehensively redesigned resort. Whilst working for local resort owner Jetan, Ian married his long-term Maldivian fiancé Nahida, and his work on this early phase delivered all of the land-based hotel and service accommodation.

Ian returned to live and work in the UK with his wife in 1992 following the birth of his daughter Emaan Jadine.

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