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.