Contrack/Darwish JV sign up for more QF work

13 January 2006
The joint venture (JV) of the US-based Contrack Internationaland the local Darwish Engineeringwas awarded in late December the $355 million contract to build the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) at Education City on the outskirts of Doha. The award is the JV's fifth and largest to date on the multi-billion dollar Education City, which is being developed by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development. Qatar Petroleum (QP) is managing the project (MEED 12:8:05).

The venture's other main competitor for the 20-month contract was the local Midmac Contracting. The contract includes the construction of five main building structures, as well as the park's infrastructure and landscape works. The design consultant is Australia's Woods Bagot.

QSTP aims to nurture technology development by attracting leading international companies to establish a presence in the free trade zone. Anchor tenants include Europe's EADS, France's Total, the Royal Dutch/Shell Groupand ExxonMobil Corporation, Microsoftand General Electric, all of the US.

Another major contract is pending at Education City, covering the main contract on the estimated $400 million convention centre project. Final prices have been submitted by Belgium's Six Constructand Austria's Strabagfor the contract, which is expected to be awarded by the end of January. The contract involves the construction of a 7,000-seat convention centre with a built-up area of just over 100,000 square metres.

The project manager on Education City is the local office of KEO International Consultants.

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