South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction has been awarded a $434m contract to build the new Qatar National Museum in Doha.

Hyundai saw off competition from at least four other groups to win the main construction package on the museum project. The firm says it expects to start work on 18 September. The construction work is expected to take 33 months to complete.

The contractor will build the museum’s steel superstructure and install the cladding and glazing

The South Korean contractor will build the museum’s steel superstructure and install the cladding and glazing on the building’s exterior. It will also complete the mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, along with some fit-out work inside the building and landscaping work outside.

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum will be built on two plots of land next to the existing Qatar National Museum. The two plots on the corniche cover an area of about 150,000 square metres, separated by Al-Muthaf Road.

Most of the old museum will be demolished, but the old palace building that was used by Qatar’s ruling family in the early 20th century will remain as part of the new museum complex.

Astad, the project management arm of Qatar Petroleum, is managing the construction of the project on behalf of Qatar Museum Authority (MEED 4:3:11).