Al Hafeera wins contract to build Reef Island bridge

Bahraini-Malaysian construction company, Al Hafeera IJM Contracting, has won the contract to build the access bridge to Reef Island in Bahrain.

GAP YEAR: The access bridge to Reef Island in Bahrain will be built by Al Hafeera IJM Contracting
GAP YEAR: The access bridge to Reef Island in Bahrain will be built by Al Hafeera IJM Contracting

Bahraini-Malaysian construction company, Al Hafeera IJM Contracting, has won the contract to build the access bridge to Reef Island in Bahrain.

Al Hafeera Contracting won the job after it submitted the lowest bid of $14.2 million (BHD5.3 million) last August, beating competition from South Korea's Sungwon Corporation, Italy's Federici Stirling SPA, Ahmed Mansoor Al A'ali and Muhibbah Emirates Contracting.

Mobilisation work on the project has begun and the contractor has been given 12 months to complete the job.

The client is the Bahrain Ministry of Public Works and Housing and the consultant is Parsons.

"Mobilisation work on the project started a few days ago but we aren't the client for this part of the project," said Waleed Hayek, project manager, Reef Island - Bahrain. "The Ministry of Public Works and Housing is in charge of this job.

Reef Island is a man-made island that has been reclaimed off the coast of Manama.

The first phase of construction started in July last year, with Al Hamad Contracting Company being appointed as main contractor, while tenders for the second phase are expected to be issued in mid-2008.

The $1.3 billion development will cover an area of 564,000m2 and will include 39 residential buildings, 49 chalets, 65 villas, a 250-room five-star hotel, marina and yacht club, an aquarium, a medical centre, a shopping mall and a multi-function exhibition centre.

Reef Island is being built as a joint venture between the Bahrain government and the Mouawad Group Real Estate Development Company.

Design and masterplanning firm, Pentago Spowers International, has designed the project, completion of which is expected in 2010.

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