TDIC museum contracts to be awarded by Q2 2014
Zayed National Museum award expected in Q1 and Guggenheim in Q2 2014
Abu Dhabi's Tourism, Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has said that it is likely to award the main contracts for the two remaining museums at Saadiyat Island by the middle of next year.
In an interview which appears in this week's Construction Week, TDIC development chief Carlos Antonio-Wakim said that it was aiming to award the contract for the Zayed National Museum by Q1 2014.
"At the same time, we are in the pre-qualification phase of tendering the Guggenheim," he added.
"We are finalising the design now, we have a number of contractors under pre-qualification and we are aiming also to award the Guggenheim by Q2 2014," he added.
He added that work at the Louvre is "right on track", with construction set to complete in December 2015, followed by the Zayed National Museum in December 2016 and the Guggenheim in December 2017.
TDIC recently unveiled a new masterplan for Saadiyat Island at Cityscape, with the mall being developed as a joint venture with the property arm of French luxury goods firm LVMH serving as a new centrepiece.
Wakim explained that the mall, which will be on a site next to the Zayed National Museum, will house the parking for all three museums underneath, and have space for up to 1,500 cars.
Each of the museums will be directly linked to the mall via new feature bridges designed by the museum's architects.
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