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ALEC notes major progress on Dubai’s $1bn Marina Gate

Contractor says Jumeirah Living at Marina Gate's topping out has been planned for Q2 2019

Marina Gate is a three-tower mixed-use development by Select Group that ALEC is building.
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Marina Gate is a three-tower mixed-use development by Select Group that ALEC is building.

UAE-based construction giant ALEC has made significant progress on Select Group’s three-tower Marina Gate development in Dubai Marina.

Building work is advancing at pace on the high-end development that is located in a super-prime site. The project consists of more than 1,400 podium-level villas and high-rise apartments.

Marina Gate’s first tower (MGI) was handed over March 2018, three years after construction commenced in March 2015.

The second tower (MGII) – the tallest of the project's three, with 65 levels, 511 apartments, and eight villas – is approximately 92% complete.

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Marina Gate’s third tower is the mixed-use Jumeirah Living at Marina Gate (JLMG), comprising 473 apartments and 15 villas. Roughly a third of the 65-storey building has been finished to date.

The multi-phase residential and hospitality project has a gross development value of $1bn (AED4bn).

With structural work wrapped up, MGII could be completed in 2019. ALEC expects to top out JLMG in April 2019, and is targeting its completion in 2020.

The man on the ground coordinating the hive of activity is ALEC’s Johan Moolman, Construction Week Awards 2018’s Project Manager of the Year.

“We have finished most of the job for MGII and we are busy with the final finishing stage,” he said.

“We are still busy with the structure for JLMG, but in parallel to the structure, we have started the façades. Subsequent to that, we have also started internal finishes, such as blockwork and plastering.”

READ: ALEC wins $163m Jumeirah Living Marina Gate deal

While MG1 has been handed over, Moolman said ALEC is still in its defects liability period (DLP) for the project. DLP refers to a period of time during which a contractor remains contractually involved to deal with any defects that emerge with the structure it has built.

ALEC is the main contractor for Marina Gate, and two of its subsidiaries, Alemco and ALEC Fit Out, are respectively delivering the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing and fit-out scopes. Marina Gate is the first design and build project of its scale that ALEC and its sister companies are working on together. 

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