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German firm clinches Louvre Abu Dhabi deal

EXCLUSIVE: MERO-TSK wins contract to design, built part of museum's dome.

German firm clinches Louvre Abu Dhabi deal
MUSEUM DEAL: German firm MERO-TSK has been awarded a contract to design and build part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

German construction company MERO-TSK has been awarded a contract to design and build part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, an official with the firm has confirmed.

The company won the contract from the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) for the pre-design, design and build of part of the dome structure of the $272m development, the official said.

MERO-TSK, part of German firm MERO-TSK International GmbH, built the steel roof structure at Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World theme park.

TDIC is in the final stages of finalising the contract to carry out enabling works at the Lourve, with the selected contractor set to be announced next week, said a TDIC spokeswoman.

The enabling works were expected to start in June, with the piling works a month later, she added.

Contractors have already started submitting bids for a separate tender for the main construction of the museum, ahead of the deadline of July 8.

The contract involves construction of a dome-shaped building covering an area of 24,000 square metres, including 6,000 square metres of galleries devoted to permanent installations and 2,000 square metres reserved for temporary exhibitions.

The main construction of the Lourve was scheduled to start before the end of the year to meet an expected project completion date of 2012 to 2013, the spokeswoman added.

The Louvre is part of the cultural district on the $26.9bn Saadiyat Island development that also includes a maritime museum, a performing arts centre, the Zayed National Museum and the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim museum.

UK firm Buro Happold is the project’s engineering consultant and US firm Parsons Corporation is the infrastructure consultant.

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