By Elizabeth Broomhall
Dubai megaproject developer says MEP, facade and lift deals seen later this year.
The developer of the Dubai Pearl megaproject will be awarding subcontracts to MEP, facade and lift companies at the end of the third quarter, an official has said.
Pearl Dubai, a consortium of investors led by the UAE’s Al Fahim Group, will be employing more than six subcontractors in each category, with a view to completing most of the project by 2012.
Main contractor Al Habtoor Leighton will be heavily involved in the deciding who wins the subcontracts, choosing among firms who have already bid and pre-qualified for work on development, and who will later be approved by the client, Construction Week Online reported.
“The main categories where we still require subcontractors are MEP, façade and lifts,” said programme manager and senior vice president Syed Hussainy.
“We will be taking on more than 5-6 contractors in each category, this being a 20 million sq ft integrated development and one of the most sophisticated projects Dubai has ever seen. Construction workers will be able to carry out works across the development as each of the towers have the same design.
“We will let companies know who have won the contracts around September/October time.”
The project itself is set to be a world class, mixed-use, sustainable development consisting of several smaller podium buildings and four towers, joined together by a single ‘sky palace’ component at the 72nd and 73rd levels.
Overlooking the Palm Jumeirah in the heart of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, the site will provide a mixture of residential and office space for thousands of people.
Cantilever has already been chosen to supply its jump form system for the formwork on the project, and VSL has been signed up to lift the pre-constructed ‘sky palace’ from the podium level to the top of the towers.