German/local alliance benefits from JLT boom

16 December 2005
The local/German Al-Rostamani Pegel (ARP)has been awarded two contracts for high-rise buildings on the Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) development in Dubai. The awards coincided with local real estate developer Al-Fajer Propertiesunveiling plans for two more towers and US-based Stellar Groupbeing awarded the contract for JLT's district cooling system. JLT, which is being promoted by the local Nakheel, will have more than 70 high-rise towers, nearly all of which will be built by private developers.

ARP has been awarded the estimated AED 145 million ($40 million) contract to build the Indigo Icon tower. The 18-20-month contract calls for the construction of a 34-storey office tower with an A-shaped frame and indigo-coloured glass. The UK's Atkinsis the lead consultant. Local real estate developer Emirates Properties Investment (EPI)is the client. ARP is also building EPI's 35-storey Indigo Tower residential project (MEED 8:10:05).

ARP has also started work on the main construction package for the estimated AED 294 million ($80 million) Concorde Tower project. The project calls for the construction of a 45-storey residential tower with associated leisure facilities. The local NSCC has completed the piling, shoring and excavation and dewatering. The lead consultant is the local Arif & Bintoak. The UK's Hyder Consultingis the structural engineering consultant. New York-based 32Groupis the client (MEED 25:2:05).

Al-Fajer announced on 6 December its Jumeirah Business Centre project, which will see construction of two commercial buildings of 39 and 44 storeys each. Total estimated costs are AED 470 million ($128 million), with the towers having a built-up area of about 87,000 square metres. Construction is due to be completed by the first quarter of 2008. The local Al-Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Company is the main contractor. The local National Engineering Bureau (NEB) is the consultant.

Further building awards are approaching at JLT. Eight groups have been invited to submit bids by 10 December for the three towers on the cluster X development. The project involves the construction of two 39-storey residential towers and one 45-storey office tower. The consultant is NEB and the project manager is the US' Morganti. First Gulf Bankis the client (MEED 28:10:05).

For the first phase of the JLT district cooling scheme, Stellarwill build three cooling plants under an estimated AED 340 million ($93 million) contract. The plants will have a capacity of 28,000-42,000 tonnes of cooling. Later phases will bring the total capacity of the system up to 140,000 tonnes. The local/UK Dutco Balfour Beattyhas been selected for the civil works package on the scheme. The local Palm District Coolingis the client.

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