The first primary infrastructure contract along with the first building contract for the US $3.2 billion (BHD 1.2 billion) Diyar Al Muharraq project in Bahrain is expected to be awarded late next year.Tenders for the project can be expected in mid 2009.
The project is one of the biggest mixed-use residential urban developments in Bahrain spanning an area of 12km2.
The main infrastructure subdivision construction contracts will be managed in three to four major phases to attract the interest of the best major local, regional and international contractors," Diyar Al Muharraq chief Aaref Hejres told Construction Week.
Hejres said the company would simultaneously build a fast-track residential housing development in the first quarter of 2009.
The land reclamation process has already begun with completion of the first 4.8 million m2 of reclamation scheduled for completion by November 2009.
Individual plots of land will be opened for sale to developers at the end of this year.
"Developers will be given a limited grace period in which to develop their plots," Hejres said. "We're phasing the whole development. In the first quarter of next year we will start construction on some of the houses as well."
Hyder Consulting International is the infrastructure consultant and has begun design work.
The project manager is Bahrain's Hisham Abdulrahman Jaffer Project Managers. Scot Wilson is the project engineer, designer and master planner for the project.
The reclamation work is being done by Great Lakes Nass, a joint venture compny with international organisation Great Lakes, Dredge and Dock Company and the Bahraini company, Nass Group.
The cost consultant is Davis Langdon while the legal consultant is Trowers and Hamlins.
The lead architect is still to be announced.
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