Two chase luxury hotel

01 February 2006

Two companies are in the running for the contract, worth more than $100 million, to build a new five-star JW Marriott beachfront hotel in Club des Pins, 20 kilometres west of Algiers.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation and Lebanon's Michel Abi Nader were the only two companies to submit bids for the 25-month construction contract, after the other three shortlisted companies - Belgium's Besix, Vinci of France and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company - declined to bid.

Due to be awarded by the end of February, the turnkey contract covers the construction of a 274-room hotel, including a health club, restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a business centre, meeting rooms and a 1,500-square-metre banqueting area. US-based Marriott International was last summer awarded the management contract by Societe de Developpement Hotelier, a consortium of the local Societe d'Investissement Hotelier and Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico). The local office of Lebanon's Khatib & Alami (K&A) is the consultant (MEED 12:8:05). K&A is also about to complete the second of a three-phase design process for a $100 million hotel and commercial complex at Birkhadem in the south of Algiers. The development will comprise a four-storey commercial centre, above which will be built a 29-storey, five-star hotel and an 11-storey office building. K&A is set to begin detailed designs in March, with a tender due to be launched in the third quarter. The client is Lafider, a consortium of Lafico and the local Cosider.

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