Besix, OCI win work on Nile City

26 August 2005
A joint venture of Belgium's Besix Group and the local Orascom Construction Industries (OCI)has been awarded an estimated $17 million contract on the $100 million hotel project being built as part of the Nile City complex, a mixed-use development on the river's east bank in Cairo (MEED 28:5:04).

Under the two-year contract, the Besix/OCI team will carry out the structural works package on the hotel, which involves the construction of a 24-storey building with 552 rooms and all related facilities.

Next in line are the project's mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and finishings, fittings and external works packages, for which tender documents are due to be released shortly.

The project manager on the hotel development is Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners). The project developer is a joint venture of the US' Fairmont Hotels & Resortsand Nile City Investments Company (NCIC), a joint venture of the local Sawiris family, owners of the Orascomgroup, and the Shobokshi family of Saudi Arabia. The conceptual architect on the project is Belgium's Atelier d'Art Urbainwhile the UK's HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associateshas the interior design contract.

The new hotel will be the third tower in the Nile City complex. Two 34-storey mixed-use towers were completed in 2003 and 2004.

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