The 88-storey residential tower is being developed by Hircon International, a joint venture of the local ETA Star and India’s A Hiranandani. The client had originally selected the local/Australian Nasa Multiplex to carry out the main contract, as well as to provide construction management services. However, it altered its strategy in the belief that it would get more competitive bids.

The estimated $300 million project is due to be completed in 2008. India’s Hafeez Contractor is the architect; the consultant is the local office of KEO International Consultants. Swissboring, part of Italy’s Trevi Group, began piling works in September.