Contracts imminent for JLT park-to-lake projectby Gerhard Hope on Jan 2, 2013
Back-filling operations and lake-draining are due to commence in January at Almas West (Lake A) at JLT in Dubai, with the main contractors expected to be announced soon, according to Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) property director Matthew Lomax.
The master developer announced in early November that it would convert the 55,000m2 lake in the 200ha development into a landscaped park, including an amphitheatre, children's playground, exercise areas and jogging tracks.
Lomax told CW that an announcement would be made soon as to which design-and-build tender bid won the main contract. "Draining the lake is going to be the longest part of the process; it is going to take 30 days."
DMCC's main criteria in selecting the winning bid was contractors' previous experience with lake projects, said Lomax. The only comparable lake in terms of size was that at Dubai Fountain near the Burj Khalifa.
Lomax said converting the lake to a park would result in reduced service and maintenance charges for JLT residents, as well as being a more sustainable long-term solution.
Read the full interview with Matthew Lomax in Construction Week magazine.
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