Camp deal on Dubai Waterfront

Al Masaood Bergum wins $64mn contract for construction of Nakheel's labour camp at Dubai Waterfront.

NEWS, Business

Al Masaood Bergum has picked up a $63.9 million (AED 235 million) turnkey contract for the first phase of construction of Nakheel's labour accommodation complex at Dubai Waterfront.

The 90-day contract involves the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of all the accommodation and communal buildings, which will initially house 10,000 construction workers by the end of this year.

The entire complex has been designed by Al Masaood Bergum to eventually accommodate 62,000 workers employed on Nakheel's Palm island projects, The World and Dubai Waterfront.

The accommodation will be made up of two-storey prefabricated cabins with an emphasis on the quality of common spaces, facilities and catering. It will be located in the Madinat Al Arab at Dubai Waterfront.

"This type of accommodation has a 12-year lifespan - Nakheel has gone down the route of providing better living conditions for a workforce that's going to be on site for the next 12 years," said Steve McConnachie, general manager, Al Masaood Bergum.

The company will have around 2,200 people working on the project.

"We're going to set up an office on site, because the hardest part of the project is not the design, building or manufacturing, it's actually finishing off the job on site because of the amount of materials and people that will be there," added McConnachie.

Al Masaood Bergum is also bidding for a labour camp project on Aldar Properties' $40 billion Yas Island development in Abu Dhabi, along with one on Saadiyat Island being developed by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).

The company, which was established from a joint venture of Abu Dhabi's Al Masaood and Italy's Bergum in 1978, specialises in fast track projects in the construction and oil and gas sectors.

It is currently working on an accommodation project for Al Jaber Energy Services in Qatar, and also built a temporary 5,500-worker housing complex for Fluor Middle East at the Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar early last year.

"We're concentrating on the large-scale turnkey camps, and oil and gas infrastructure projects in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai," said McConnachie.

The company has factories in Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, Mussafah and Doha.

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