Designs near completion for tower projects

06 January 2006
Final design work is under way on two new high-rise tower projects in Kuwait City. With a combined value of more than $250 million, the two projects are the latest in a number of high-rise schemes planned for the capital. The larger of the two projects is called the Bukhamseen Hotel & Tower, located on Ahmed al-Jaber street in the Sharq district. Covering a footprint of 10,000 square metres, and with a height of 60 storeys, the mixed-use development will be one of the largest in the state when it opens in 2009.

In addition to the commercial office tower, the KD 50 million ($172 million) scheme also includes a 20-storey hotel with 250 rooms and a car park with space for 500-600 vehicles. Tenders for the first construction packages are expected to be issued next summer, with international contractors likely to be invited to bid alongside local firms. The development has been designed by a US/local team of HOK and Osama Bukhamseen Design(OBD). Al-Emad Real Estate Company, part of the local BukhamseenGroup, is the client.

The second development, also located on Ahmed al-Jaber street, is called Crystal Tower. The estimated $100 million commercial tower will have 50 storeys, covering a footprint of 3,106 square metres. There will also be a car park with 200-300 spaces.

HOK and OBD are the design consultants. The client is Bukhamseen sister company Arab Real Estate Company. Tenders for the preliminary works packages are expected to be released by the end of the first quarter. Both clients have yet to decide whether to appoint a project manager.

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