The local Musheireb Properties has appointed US-based Gensler as lead consultant for the second and third phases on its QR20bn ($5.5bn) Musheireb real estate project in Doha.

The scope of Gensler’s work for second phase involves the design supervision of the construction of 10 mixed-use buildings. This will include 68,500 square metres of retail, 27,000 sq m of commercial office space, 25,388 sq m of hotel and 24,000 sq m of residential space.

For the third phase, Gensler will supervise the design of 14 buildings. This will include 77,000 sq m of residential space, 28,400 sq m of hotel, 29,000 sq m of retail space, 11 000 sq m of office space and a 2,500 sq m mosque.

The Musheireb urban regeneration project, formerly known as Dohaland, will be completed in five phases, with the entire project scheduled to be completed by 2016.

The developer recently invited contractors to submit bids for the main construction package on phase 1b of the Musheireb project. Phase 1 will involve the construction of a multi-use cultural forum, offices, hotel and serviced apartments, shopping district, townhouses, school and a mosque.

In April last year, Dohaland awarded a QR1.6bn contract to the joint venture of South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and the local HBK Contracting Company to build phase 1a of the development (MEED 26:4:10).

The 750,000-square-metre Musheireb development is one of the largest real estate schemes in the capital. It will be built behind the Emiri Diwan administrative centre on Doha corniche. The scheme will also include an interchange for Doha’s proposed metro system.