Laing O?Rourke starts road building on Raha

Aldar Laing O'Rourke has won a contract to build three interchanges on the eastern section of Al Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi.

The joint venture of Aldar and Laing O?Rourke has been set up to deliver sections of Al Raha. (Valeriano Handumon/ITP Images)
The joint venture of Aldar and Laing O?Rourke has been set up to deliver sections of Al Raha. (Valeriano Handumon/ITP Images)

Aldar Laing O'Rourke has won a contract to build three interchanges on the eastern section of Al Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi.

The package, which is thought to be worth around US $154 million (AED560 million), includes interchanges four, five and six on the development and is expected to be finished by June 2009.

"[Aldar] Laing O'Rourke will be building them, Cansult Maunsell Aecom has designed them and they will work as a team to get the project done," said Michael Cox, project director, Al Raha Beach.

"RFR is the architect. WJ&P is the main subcontractor for the construction works and it has started piling work already," he added.

Aldar Laing O'Rourke has also picked up the main contract to build Al Bandar - a mixed-use development on Al Raha Beach.

The joint venture was set up last year to design, develop and execute certain stages of Al Raha Beach and look after procurement of materials. The team is also charged with improving time and cost management on the development, which is being developed by Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties.

Over $800 million worth of contracts has so far been handed out on Al Raha Beach and reclamation on the eastern side of the development is now complete.

"The infrastructure budget is $3.6 billion, $1.1 billion of which has been awarded in the past 15 months," said Cox. "Another $1.3 billion worth of deals are due to be awarded this year and all the interchanges should be complete by 2009," he added.

It is one of the first projects in the region to adopt the NEC3 form of contract, which is designed to foster more of a partnering approach between developers and contractors.

The 10km-long site, which is 800m wide and built on 70% reclaimed land will comprise 10 ‘precincts'. The development will comprise 47km of beachfront, three major parks, five beaches and four major marinas. It will have a total of 130 towers and a peak population of 120,000 people.

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