EXCLUSIVE: Contractors submit bids for Dubai Expo retail centre

05 June 2017

Project Star was rescheduled and retendered earlier this year

Contractors have submitted bids for the deal to build the Project Star mixed-use development at the Expo 2020 site.

The construction work involves a 40,000-square-metre retail centre with ground-level parking only.

The scheme has been rescheduled. A construction contract was tendered in October last year, which involved building a 130,000-sq-m shopping mall and a five-storey car park. The UK’s Laing O’Rourke had been selected for the earlier larger deal. The following negotiations did not result in a main contract award.

Project Star is being developed by a joint venture of the local Emaar Properties and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The US’ JLL is providing project and cost management services for the Emaar/DWTC joint venture. Singapore’s DP Architects is the concept architect. The local Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf is the lead design consultant for the retail mall. The UK’s Mott MacDonald is the engineer for the parking and infrastructure.

Other contracts for construction work at the Expo site are moving forward. DWTC is expected to award the first package of construction work at the Expo Village Development after Ramadan. Bids for the deal were submitted in late 2016.

More work on the development is also being tendered. Contractors have been invited to submit bids during the summer for additional construction packages on the residential scheme.

When completed, the village will be a residential community for staff from the participating countries working on the Expo. In 2014, the Expo committee said the target completion date for the Expo village was 2018 – ahead of work starting on the Expo pavilions.

The consultant for the Expo Village is the local office of KEO International Consultants.

Earlier this year, Dubai said it will award 47 construction contracts worth AED11bn ($3bn) in 2017. In March, the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion was chosen as the main contractor for the AED2.2bn deal to build the three Theme Districts.

Bids have been submitted for the contract to build the UAE pavilion and contractors have been approached for work on the Mobility and Sustainability pavilions.

For transport links, the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has issued tender documents for four interchanges serving the Expo site.

The Expo site, which is opposite Dubai Investments Park on the Jebel Ali to Lehbab Road, will also be served by the Route 2020 metro line.

The RTA signed a AED10.6bn contract to design and build the rail link with a consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak and France’s Alstom in October last year.

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