The guaranteed maximum price contract for the Index tower project, also known as One Central Park, calls for the construction of a 79-storey mixed-use residential and office tower in DIFC. Completion is expected in 2008. The local Edara, in joint venture with Australia’s APP, is the project manager; the UK’s Foster & Partnersis the architect; Lebanon’s Khatib & Alamiis the consultant; and the UK’s Currie & Brownis the cost consultant. Union Propertiesis the client (MEED 18:2:05).

Tenders covering piling, shoring excavation and dewatering works have been issued by Al-Fattan to five companies for the twin tower development located next to the Gate building in DIFC. The project involves the construction of a 51-storey residential tower and a 13-storey office tower. Tenders will be issued for the main construction package in January, with work expected to start on the structure in late February. US-based Gensler is the concept architect; South Africa’s DSA Architectsis the local architect; and LC Consulting, also of South Africa, is the structural engineer.

The local Dutch Foundations carried out the enabling works (MEED 18:10:05).