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Carillion and QBC land $650m Msheireb contract

Contract covers substructure and superstructure works for Doha project

The Msheireb site covers 31 hecatres in central Doha.
The Msheireb site covers 31 hecatres in central Doha.

Msheireb Properties, the Qatari developer behind the massive $5.5bn Msheireb Downtown redevelopment of central Doha, has inked a deal with a consortium of Carillion (Qatar) plc and Qatar Building Company as the main building contractor for a key phase of its flagship project.

The contract, valued at $650m, covers the substructure and superstructure works required by Phase 1B of the project. The phase covers 15 buildings, including the country’s first Mandarin Oriental Hotel comprising 158 rooms and 91 service apartments, two office buildings with 52 retail units and 12 residential buildings providing a total of 180 apartments.

Eng. Issa M. Al Mohannadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties, said: “With the awarding of this contract, the ambitious plans for our capital’s regeneration move closer to being fully realised. What we are building here is more than a collection of buildings – it is a whole community, one which will be fully aligned with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 for a sustainable country.”

Carillion Group Chief Executive, John McDonough, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this prestigious project, which will make a major contribution to the regeneration of the centre of Doha. We look forward to working with Msheireb Properties to deliver a visionary solution that will meet the high standards of sustainability that have been set for this transformational development.”

QBC’s Managing Director, Mr. Ali M. T. Mustafawi, commented: “Our sincerest thanks to Msheireb Properties for giving us an opportunity to work on such an iconic project of this magnitude. Msheireb Downtown Doha will be the perfect example of how sustainable engineering is employed to develop an urban regeneration project that preserves the Qatari culture.”

Construction at Msheireb Downtown began in January 2010 with phased construction completion scheduled for 2012 through 2016. The first phase, 1A, consists of Diwan Amiri Quarter (Diwan Annex, Amiri Guard and National Archive), Heritage buildings and Amenity & Infrastructure (District Cooling Plant, Substations and Service Corridors).

The scale of the project is immense. The site covers 31 hectares in the centre of old Doha, and thousands of workers are employed on an exceptionally busy construction site. The project recently hit a major HSE milestone, recording 10m man hours without lost time injury.

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