The contractor is expected to issue for tender in May a $8 million-12 million mechanical & electrical (M&E) subcontract package and a waterproofing subcontract. It is also preparing further subcontracts for the facades and finishes. The M&E package is particularly critical because much of the work is integrated into the concrete superstructure, for which construction is expected to begin by the end of April.

Local retail group Admicis the project client. Admic holds the master franchise rights to develop France’s Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville (BHV)department stores and Monoprix supermarkets in Lebanon and neighbouring countries. BHV is a Parisian household goods department store targeting middle-income consumers and will be the first European-style department store in Lebanon.