The UAE-based developer Bright Start has extended the closing date for bids on the main construction package for the planned Four Seasons resort in Dubai to 27 November from the original 6 November.

The new hotel will be built on the site of the old Jumeirah Beach Club on the emirate’s beach road. The client opened the prequalification process for the main construction package in April.

The proposed hotel will have a total built-up area of 65,000 square metres and will include basement parking. The ground level will include a valet parking area, parking facilities and operational facilities. Guest rooms will be located on the first five floors.

When completed, in addition to guest rooms, the hotel will contain a ballroom, spa, fitness centre, main hotel restaurant and bar, rooftop bar and lounge. The hotel will also contain recreation facilities, which will include tennis courts and swimming pools. The development will also contain retail facilities, other small cafes and food and beverage outlets.

The main construction package will involve the structural and civil works, architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works.

The construction work is scheduled to take two years to complete. The architect is South Africa’s DSA Architects International. The local HH Investment & Development is the development manager for the project.

Plans to redevelop the area where the beach club is located were originally drawn up in 2006. Local hotel operator Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts selected the local Khansaheb Civil Engineering in early 2007 to redevelop the site, but the company never started work on the project.

In 2009, Jumeirah Hotels made new preparations to issue tender documents for a AED750m ($204m) redevelopment of the beach club development. The project was planned to include the construction of a two-storey hotel with a reception area, restaurants, a spa and two levels of basement parking. It was also to include a separate spa building, 131 chalets and two restaurants, one on the seashore and one on the marina’s breakwater.

The tender was cancelled before any contractor was appointed (MEED 20:10:09).