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Uptown to tender 75-storey towers

The construction package for phase two of the US $2.65 billion (BHD1 billion) Uptown Bahrain project will be tendered before the end of the year, according to the project's business development manager Nafez Attia.

The construction package for phase two of the US $2.65 billion (BHD1 billion) Uptown Bahrain project will be tendered before the end of the year, according to the project's business development manager Nafez Attia.

The Uptown development was showcased to the public for the first time at the Bahrain International Property Exhibition (Bipex), which finished Sunday.

Speaking to Construction Week at the exhibition, Attia said the package will involve building three 75-storey towers and the city's central galleria.

"The galleria will have a large shopping mall and will connect the whole city," Attia said. "The towers are the most significant buildings, two of them will be residential and the centre tower will be a five-star hotel and offices.

"These are huge constructions and we'll be expecting big-name companies like Tameer, and the people who build the huge towers in Dubai to be involved."

Attia also said they are currently assessing bids for phase one of the project, which should be awarded by January.

"Phase one will start in the first quarter of 2009 and will consist of a 26-storey tower that will have 21 residential storeys and five storeys for parking," he said.

"It will also include building the city's utilities, which will be quite big.

"There were five big companies invited to bid for the project, two local and three international."

Attia said the third and final construction package will involve building the remaining buildings. There are a total of 18 plots that cover an area of 167,225m2. It will have a total build up area of 780,385m2 and is expected to be completed in 2014.

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