By Andy Sambidge
International firm gets nod on design work for 13 islands Durrat al Bahrain project.
International design and engineering consultancy, Atkins, has been awarded the architectural and infrastructure design on phase 3 of Durrat al Bahrain, a 20 sq km reclaimed series of paradise islands at the southern tip of Bahrain.
Delivery of the third phase requires the design of infrastructure works, landscaping and architectural engineering of luxury villas plus facility buildings on the remaining four of the planned 13 islands.
The two inner petal islands and two outer islands cover a total land area of more than 800,000 sq m and is the final phase in the construction of the luxury residential resort.
Atkins began working on this signature development for Bahrain in 2004 and a number of villa owners have now moved into their new homes in phases one and two.
It is expected the construction of the third phase will start next year.
"Atkins has been working closely with Durrat Khaleej al Bahrain over the last five years in ensuring the delivery of one of the region's most exceptional projects. We are delighted to have been retained for the final phase," said Andrew Lane, project director for Atkins in the Middle East.
The resort, when completed, will be home to 45,000 people on 13 man-made islands.
According to its website, the project will host more than 2,000 beautiful beachfront villas, 3,600 executive apartments and offices, luxury hotels and spa resorts, parks and entertainment precincts, mosques and international schools, retail malls and restaurants, a 400-berth marina, and an Ernie Els designed 18-hole championship golf course.