Local developer Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company (QDREIC) has awarded the joint venture of the Belgium’s Six Construct and the local Midmac Contracting the estimated QR2.5bn ($687m) contract to build the second phase of the new Doha Convention Centre.

Major Qatar construction awards 2010
Project Contractor Value
New Doha International airport – Phase 3a Six Construct (Belgium)/Midmac Contracting (local) $745m
Doha Convention Centre Six Construct (Belgium)/Midmac Contracting (local) $687m
Doha Expressway – Salwa road Yuksel (Turkey)/ Midmac (local) $437m
Dohaland – stage 1, phase 1 Hyundai Engineering & Construction $428m
West Bay car park Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (local/France) $338m
Sources: MEED; MEED Projects

The contract includes the structural works above the ground floor, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and high quality interior finishes. It will run for 26 months.

The main structure includes a large exhibit hall that will be 350 metres long, 100m wide and 18m high.

The QR800m contract for the convention centre’s concrete structure works for the basement was awarded to the Six Construct/Midmac joint venture. The 28 month contract was awarded in January 2009.

Located in the centre of Doha alongside the city’s corniche, the development also includes a super high rise tower.

The tower was tendered in 2008, but has now been redesigned to replace the original convention centre tower and the nearby Al-Quds Endowment tower that was planned by the Private Engineering Office. It had been planning to issue tender documents in March this year.

The new tower will be about 450m high and has, like the original convention centre tower, been designed by US architect Murphy Jahn. Another US-based company Turner Construction International is the project manager for the convention centre and the tower.

When the convention centre tower was first tendered the prequalifiers included the Six Construct/Midmac joint venture, Australia’s Multiplex, South Korea’s Samsung Corporation and Japan’s Taisei Corporation.

Qatar National Bank (QNB) is close to awarding the main construction contract for another high rise tower on the Doha corniche. It has shortlisted two contractors for its101-floor, 510-metre-high headquarters in Doha. According to sources close to the project the shortlisted firms are Multiplex and another Australian contract Grocon (MEED 22:5:10).

The building will have a total built-up area of 235,000 square metres. The project will have five basement levels, 88,000 sq m of parking, 9,000 sq m for the entrance and banking halls and 138,000 sq m of office space. When complete, it will be one of the world’s tallest buildings after the Burj Dubai.