The local National Investment Corporation has invited companies to prequalify for the contract to build a Fairmont hotel development in Abu Dhabi.

The client is currently finalising the design with its consultants. The construction documents that will be used for the tender are expected to be complete by the end of April. It has been designed to comply with Abu Dhabi’s Estidama 1 Pearl rating for environmental efficiency.

Known as the Fairmont Hotel and Serviced Apartments, the scheme involves building a 39-storey tower that includes 563 guest rooms, 144 serviced apartment units, 105 other apartments, 13 food and beverage outlets, ballroom and conference rooms, a swimming pool and sporting facilities. There will be underground and ground-level parking for 1,300 vehicles. The total built-up area is 160,000 square metres.

The project manager is Australia’s Confluence. The cost and contracts consultant is the local Williams International Group. The design consultant and architect of record is the local Dewan Architects & Engineers. The construction supervision consultant is Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami.

Contractors have been approached for the project several times over the past seven years, although it has now been redesigned. Originally at least five firms competed for the contract in 2005. They were Greece’s Athena, Paris-based Thinet International, Al-Habtoor Leighton, Saudi Oger with the local Dubai Contracting Company (DCC), and China State Construction Engineering Corporation with Abu Dhabi-based Orient Contracting Company (OCC). That contract involved building a five-star 256-room hotel , 50 villas, waterways, a restaurant promenade and a soccer pitch complying with Fifa regulations.

In 2009, the client planned to retender the development as a 40-storey hotel tower and a 35-level serviced apartment building by early 2010. In 2008, it had prequalified the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group, Germany’s Alpine Bau, the local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company, the local Arabtec Construction, Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger, Australia’s Multiplex, UK-based Laing O’Rourke, Turkey’s Nurol and the local/Belgian Six Construct Abu Dhabi.