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Emaar: Bin Ladin has not been given Burj contract

Alumco bags contract to supply aluminium facade to The Residences

Emaar Properties has stated that the search for the main contractor to build Burj Dubai is still on. It said a media report claiming that Bin Ladin Contracting Group has won the contract, was incorrect. “We would like to clarify to our stakeholders on the recent media comment about one of the bidders apparently claiming that the contract to build the Burj Dubai has been agreed. Given the transparency of our decisions, we are very happy to respond to any queries in this regard. Emaar also announced that Bin Ladin Contracting Group does not have any role to play in the Burj Dubai tower,” said A. J. Jaganathan, Emaar CEO.

“We are into a complex but transparent bidding process and the final decision on the appointment of the general contractor is not expected for a few months”. Emaar has formally selected Turner Construction as construction manager of Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

“The Burj Dubai is very important for Turner Construction. We are presently meticulously evaluating bidders who will be working with us on the project because the Burj Dubai is not just Dubai’s landmark, but also a beacon for the whole world,” said Nicholas Billotti, CEO of Turner Construction International, New York.

Meanwhile, Construction Week has learned that Alumco has won its biggest ever contract to supply the aluminium façade and glazing for the Burj Dubai Residences.

The subcontract, under main contractor Nasa Multiplex and client Emaar, is for the supply of aluminium facades for the podiums and six towers of the project. The towers that will surround Burj Dubai will range in height from 25 to 45 storeys. The façade covers a total area of 45 000 m2, of which 37 000 m2 will be aluminium.

The aluminium structures will be supplied directly by Alumco’s new factory at Dubai Investments Park, and local supplier Emirates Glass will supply the glass. The glass used will be NN46 Green Emicool Sun.

Alumco has also supplied facades to the Al Murooj Complex off Sheikh Zayed Road, four towers at Jumeirah Beach Residence, and the Police Headquarters.

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