By Angela Giuffrida
Contracts worth US $285 million covering three projects awarded to Civil Contracting, M/S Ascon and Hircon
ETA Star has awarded US $285 million (AED 1.5 billion) worth of contracts for three of its projects in the UAE.
Civil Contracting Company has picked up the construction contract for Centrium, an apartment complex in Dubai's International Media Production Zone, while M/S Ascon is to build Al Manara tower in Business Bay. Fast Contracting will be the main contractor for the Star Heights residential project in Sharjah.
Enabling works for Centrium and Al Manara were completed by Dutch Foundation Company late last year. Detailed plans for Star Heights are yet to be announced. Centrium and Al Manara have been earmarked for completion in early 2009.
"ETA Star is focused on ensuring that all of its projects maintain remarkably high standards," said Abid Junaid, executive director of ETA Star.
"With Civil Contracting Company and M/S Ascon's proven track record, we are confident that we can again deliver the best quality to all our end clients. We are confident that our partnership forged with these two companies will be for the greater good of all the investors."
Centrium has four distinctive tower blocks that will be connected by bridges and will host a range of leisure facilities.
Designed by Singapore-based firm Architects 61, Al Manara's office and commercial complex will include a business centre, conference facilities and a health spa.
"With all the stakeholders committed to a common goal, we are confident that the projects will meet the highest quality standards and will be completed on the marks," said Junaid.
Earlier this month, Hircon International, a joint venture between the Hiranandani Group and ETA Star, appointed Dubai Civil Engineering as the main contractor for its 23 Marina project, a 90-storey tower in Dubai Marina. The $135 million 33-month contract is scheduled for completion in 2009.