UAE-based developer Emaar properties has awarded the contract to build the The Address The BLVD hotel and residential development in the Downtown Dubai area to Canada’s Brookfield Multiplex. The value of the contract has not been confirmed.
The contractor won the work after it was shortlisted for the contract along with the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion in December. Emaar received revised prices from selected bidders for the contract at the end of November. Contractors initially submitted bids in October.
The other bidders included:
- Arabian Construction Company(Lebanon)
- Belhasa Six Construct (local/Belgium)
- Murray & Roberts Contractors (South Africa)
Located adjacent to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, the 63-storey tower will contain 200 five-star hotel rooms and 542 serviced apartments. The 340-metre tower will house studios and apartments with up to four bedrooms. The project will be funded by offplan sales. The tower was designed by UK-based architecture firm Atkins.
The Address project is one of several new property schemes planned by Emaar. In March, the developer announced plans to build a cultural district next to its Burj Khalifa development in the Downtown Dubai area. The cultural area will contain a modern art museum, an opera house and other cultural facilities. The Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District will also contain two hotels, studios and leisure facilities.
The cultural district is part of the much larger Westside development, which is now expected to be procured using a series of construction contracts rather than letting the work as a much larger partnering agreement.
In addition to the cultural district, the Westside development also involves building about 14 residential blocks with a built-up area of about 1.2 million square metres across the artificial lake from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. It will also have a promenade with shops and food and beverage outlets looking out to the 828-metre-tall tower.
In June, Emaar received prices from contractors that could be have been used to form the basis of a partnering agreement. The contractors that submitted rates included the local Alec, Al-Futtaim Carillion, Brookfield Multiplex and the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty.
Atkins and South Africa’s Mirage Mille are the consultants working on the scheme.