Construction work on the $79.6m Banader Rotana hotel project in Bahrain has restarted and is now expected to be finished in mid 2012.

The local GP Zachariades (GPZ) was awarded the contract to complete the construction of the resort in December last year.

According to a source involved with the project in central Manama, piling works are finished, and the excavation work is almost complete. Sub-structure construction work will begin shortly, followed by work on the main buildings. The construction work will take about 29 months to complete.

The 34-storey hotel will reach a height of 125 metres. The resort will contain more than 300 rooms, business offices and meeting rooms, swimming pool with health club, and restaurants.

Local contractor JGI Construction began work on the development in 2008, but the project was put on hold. The client, the local Banader Hotels Company, chose to re-tender the contract at the end of last year. It is unclear why the project was put on hold.

The architectural concept was done by UK-based Aedas, and all further architectural and engineering design work has been carried out by the local Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau. The quantity surveyors for the project are UK-based Davis Langdon.