The local/South African joint venture of Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises and Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East)has been awarded an estimated $75 million contract for the superstructure and envelope package on the Bur Juman shopping mall expansion project in Dubai (MEED 12:1:01).
The scope of works includes the construction of a retail podium, an office tower and two apartment blocks. The construction period will be about 18 months.
The award follows the withdrawal of UK-based Skanska Cementation International, which in February 2001 was awarded a design-build contract for the substructure and superstructure works.
The estimated AED 1,000 million ($272 million) expansion involves the construction of parking space for 3,200 vehicles in the basement, four floors of shopping and leisure facilities and office and residential space. The development will cover 3.5 million square feet (UAE, MEED Special Report, 8:12:00).
Kuwait's National Company for Electrical & Mechanical Works is carrying out the mechanical, electrical and plumbing package under an estimated AED 207 million ($56 million) contract (MEED 20:7:01).
The project manager is Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners),and the UK's Buro Happold is the consulting engineer. The client is Bur Juman Centre, part of Dubai-based Saif al-Ghurair Group.
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