Contractors approached for Gate buildings at Shams Abu Dhabi

04 May 2008

Contractors have been approached for the contract to build the six towers that comprise the Gate District at the Shams Abu Dhabi development on Reem Island.

The companies understood to have been approached for the contract include the local/ Lebanese Arabian Construction Company (ACC) and Australia’s Multiplex.

The project involves the construction of three 62-storey residential towers, a 55-floor office tower and an 18-level residential block, which includes a 500-room four star hotel.

The towers will sit on a six-storey podium whuich will have floors for parking, retail and a health club, and a three-level basement.

The contract also includes a convention centre and ballrooms, external works and landscaping. The total built-up area is 1.1 million square metres.

US-based Arquitectonica prepared the concept design. Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami is the consultant. The client is a joint venture of local developer Sorouh Real Estate and Sharjah-based Tameer Holding.

Tameer is also negotiating with contractors for the contract to build its Tameer Towers project, which is also on Reem Island.

The joint venture of local Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises, South Africa's Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East) and Saudi-based Al-Rahji Contracting was the only bidder for the estimated AED7bn ($1.9bn) project in April.

The project involves building six towers between the sea and the Central Park area of the Shams Abu Dhabi development.

The centrepiece of the project is a 74-floor, 300-metre-tall office tower in the commercial area, along with a 21-storey hotel and apartment tower.

The residential district includes two 50-floor and two 30-floor towers. The total built-up area is 915,000 square metres.

Dubai-based Arabian Foundations was sub-contracted for the enabling package in October 2007 (MEED 17:4:08).

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