Bids in for Granada mall

16 August 2002

The General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI) is evaluating bids submitted by prequalified contractors in early August for the SR 400 million ($107 million) Granada Centre project. A contract award is expected in mid September, project sources say (MEED 15:2:02).

The local Zuhair Fayez & Partnersis the consultant for the project, which will involve the construction of 125,000 square metres of shopping facilities on a 470,000-square-metre plot of land in Riyadh, near the headquarters of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic). The development will contain a hypermarket, a food court and an 11,000-square-metre family recreation centre.

The shopping mall, which will be one of the largest in the kingdom, will provide parking facilities for up to 5,500 cars. Drivers approaching along the Dammam-Riyadh road will be faced with a 22-metre-high concave facade of precast concrete. In the centre of the structure, four 40-metre-high conical metal-frame towers will rise through the roof of the main atrium. Construction of the mall is expected to be completed by the end of 2004.

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