US-based Hill International has been awarded an estimated $1.6m contract to provide project management services on the Beirut Terraces residential tower in Lebanon.

The local real-estate company Benchmark Development has awarded Hill the project management a three-and-a-half year contract to provide project management services at the development in central Beirut.

Benchmark is expected to tender the main construction contract for the project before the end of 2011.

The scheme will also include an outdoor swimming pool, retail facilities, gymnasium and a private terrace on the first floor for residents. The tower will be located in the Mina el-Hosn area of the Beirut central district and will comprise 27 residential storeys and 130 apartments.

The tower will have a total built up area of 60,000 square metres. The development has been designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. The local Edrafor is currently carrying out the enabling works for the development. The estimated completion date for the project is the middle of 2014.

The Beirut Terraces development is part of Beirut’s urban regeneration scheme after much of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed during the 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990. Another development that is part of the regeneration effort is the estimated $330m Sama Beirut Tower, which when completed will be Beirut’s tallest tower.

MEED reported in March that the local Man Enterprise is the frontrunner to win the contract to build the tower.

The 50-storey, 200-metre-tall Sama Beirut Tower will be located in the Sodeco area of Beirut, near to the airport and downtown Beirut (MEED 25:3:11).