More Old Town work goes to bid

28 November 2004
Another major tender has been released on the Old Town project, part of the Burj Dubai development. The latest, covering the main contract on the commercial island, is the fourth construction tender to be issued for the Old Town area. So far, only one package, covering the site A and B phase 1 residences, has been awarded. The client is the local Emaar Properties.

For the commercial island contract, invited companies have been given until 16 December to submit bids. The contract, expected to be worth about $120 million, will centre on the construction of a mixed-use development with a hotel, apartments, offices and retail space. The contract also includes external works and parking structures. The project manager is South Africa's Mirage Mille.

The local Al-Basti & Muktha (ABM)has started work on the first Old Town contract. The site A and B phase 1 package, worth an estimated $80 million, will take 15 months to complete and calls for the construction of eight residential buildings.

A contract award is pending on the second residential package, known as site B phase 2. About five contractors, including ABM, the local Bu Haleeba Contracting Companyand the local/South African venture of Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterpriseswith Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), are competing for the estimated $110 million contract, which calls for the construction of about 13 buildings.

Bids are due by 19 December for the similarly-sized site A phase 2 package. The project manager for the Old Town residences is the UK's Mace International; the architect is South Africa's DSA.

The award of the main Burj Dubai contract is now expected by early December. Three contracting groups have been shortlisted for the estimated $750 million contract, which involves the construction of the world's highest building at 705 metres (MEED 22:10:04).

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