UK's Atkins hired for $600m Oman tourism project

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An artist's impression of Oman resort Saraya Bandar Jissah.

An artist's impression of Oman resort Saraya Bandar Jissah.

Saraya Bandar Jissah, the company developing a $600m residential and leisure development in Muscat, has appointed UK firm Atkins to provide construction supervision services for the infrastructure works on site.

Atkins will manage the progress of the infrastructure works on site and supervise the infrastructure contractor. The appointment of the infrastructure construction contractor will be announced later this month, a statement said.

Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni, CEO of Saraya Bandar Jissah, said: "Atkins will provide a clear and steady view of the progress of the infrastructure works, a phase of construction on site that is vital to maintaining our construction schedule and also to the final quality of the development as a whole.

"We are pleased to be working with such experienced partners who bring with them specific project expertise as well as regional knowledge and experience."

He said "good progress" is currently being made on site at Saraya Bandar Jissah. The earthworks are nearing completion following 12 months of scheduled work.

Saraya Bandar Jissah will provide close to 400 residential properties and two five-star hotels on a 2 million sq m site bordered by the stunning Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman.

Construction started on site with the earthworks in August 2012. The grand opening of the two hotels on site is scheduled for 2017.

In its role, Atkins will oversee the quality of construction of the underground utilities including the networks for domestic water, irrigation, firefighting, sewage water, storm water, low currents, telecommunications and low and medium voltage electricity on site.

Marco Malpiedi, managing director of Atkins in Oman, said: "We are enormously pleased to be appointed as the infrastructure supervisors for such an important project as Saraya Bandar Jissah. We look forward to utilising our experience in the Omani real estate development sector and applying it to contribute to the formation of Oman's next leisure destination."

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