Top 10 Bahrain mega-projects

Sarah Blackman , September 9th, 2009

From infrastructure to waterfront developments, Construction Week takes a look at ten of the projects destined for Bahrain.

1 Water Garden City
Value: US $7 billion
Client: Albilad Real Estate Investment Company
Schedule: In October 2008, Water Garden City was unveiled by master developer Albilad Real Estate Investment Company.

Since then HOK International has been awarded the master planning contract, while Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Company has walked away with the infrastructure consultant contract.

The project is currently at design stage and construction is expected to start in Q1 of next year and is set for completion by early 2020.

Scope: The project calls for construction of Water Garden City in Seef District, Manama. It will spread on 2.2 million m² and will include residential units, a beach park, a marina, schools, commercial spaces, retail outlets and leisure facilities.

2 Durrat Al Bahrain
Value: US $6 billion
Client: Durrat Al Bahrain
Schedule: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company was awarded the US $105 million dredging and reclamation contract in 2004 and these works were completed by 2007. Durrat Al Bahrain is owned by the Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain Company, in which the Bahrain Government and Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain (together with its investors) each hold a 50% stake.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015. Atkins was appointed as an environmental consultant on the development.

Scope: Durrat Al Bahrain makes up of 15 inter-connected islands which spread across 20km². The mixed-use city will include Durrat Marina, an 18-hole golf course, five-star hotels and landscaped public spaces.

3 Diyar Al Muharraq
Value: US $3.2 billion
Client: Diyar Al Muharraq and Kuwait Finance House
Schedule: Diyar Al Muharaq is currently at design stage and construction is expected to start in Q2 next year, following the signing of the main construction contract.

In June 2008, Diyar Al Muharraq Company launched the development, which will take 10 to 15 years to complete. Dredging and reclamation works for phase one are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Scope: The development will offer 30,000 residential units to accommodate more than 10,000 residents. The city will incorporate 40km of waterfront.

4 Qatar-Bahrain Causeway
Value: US $3 billion
Client: Bahrain Ministry of Works and Qatar Public Works Authority
Schedule: A joint venture between Vinci Construction, Middle East Dredging Company - Medco, Hochtief Construction AG, Consolidated Contractors Company and QDVC was awarded the main construction contract in May of the same year.

Recent reports revealed that construction is set to start next year and completed by early of 2013.

Scope: The Qatar-Bahrain Causeway will create a direct link and promote trade and travel between the two GCC countries. At present, the journey by road takes five hours; with the causeway, it will only take about 30 minutes.

The beginning of the causeway in Qatar will be located in the Ras Ashairij area, and a similar spot will be located North of Askar village in Bahrain.

5 Marsa Al Seef Development
Value: US $2.5 billion
Client: Global Banking Corporation (GBcorp)
Schedule: In July this year, GBcorp announced the appointment of Global Real Estate Development as the main contractor, which is set to start building by Q1 2010. For the moment, the project is at design stage.

Scope: Marsa Al Seef is a mixed-use waterfront project, which will include residential, leisure and retail facilities. The project covers 2.6 million m².

6 Al Dur IWPP
Value: US $2 billion
Client: Ministry of Finance
Schedule: The project, which is being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, is expected to be completed by Q3 2011. The company is also handling the engineering and procurement works, while General Electric will supply power plant turbines.

Scope: The IWPP consists of a combined cycle gas turbine power plant and a reverse osmosis technology desalination plant. It will have a capacity of 1234MW of power and 218,200m³ per day. The project will also include support facilities such as seawater intake, discharge structures and gas connection facilities.

7 Durrat Marina
Value: US $1.5 billion
Client: Durrat Al Bahrain
Schedule: Durrat Marina, part of Durrat Al Bahrain, is now ready for development. On August 16 it was announced that land reclamation has been completed ahead of schedule by a joint venture from Great Lakes and Nass Construction. More than 5 million m³ of material was reclaimed in 24 months.

The project, which has been designed by Atkins, is scheduled to be completed by Q1 of 2014. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is the main contractor.

Scope: The development consists of three islands covering 480,000m² and will include a 400-berth marina.

8 Bahrain Monorail – Green Line
Value: US $1 billion
Client: Bahraini Government
Schedule: The first part of the research into the monorail has been completed by Systra Consulting Company and, currently, Scomi Engineering is carrying out the second phase of the feasibility study for the project.

A tender is currently out for the main consultancy contract and construction is expected to start in Q3 of next year. Completion is scheduled for 2016.

Scope: The project calls for the construction of a monorail that will link regions of Bahrain to ease the traffic. The Green Line will be a 23km-long section and will extend from Juffair through Manama and to the Seef district.

9 Marina West Residential Development
Value: US $700 million
Client: Marina West Real Estate Company
Schedule: Al Hamad Construction and Development Company was awarded the main construction contract in 2007 and building commenced in Q2 of 2007. The development is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year.

Scope: Marina West residential development, a gated community covering 75,000m², will comprise 10 residential towers ranging from 20 to 32 floors and an 11th tower will provide a 5 star hotel. Further residential developments within the complex include over 1168 apartments.

10 Villamar Towers
Value: US $650 million
Client: Gulf Holdings Company
Schedule: Construction on Villamar Towers commenced in November 2007 and project completion is penciled in for mid 2010. Al Hamad Construction was awarded the main construction contract for this project in 2007.

Scope: The development will be on its own island located within Bahrain’s Financial Harbour. Villamar’s three towers will vary in height, the tallest being 54 storeys and around 220m-high, Tower B being 43 storeys and 137m-high, while Tower C will have 52 storeys and will stand at 210m.

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