Besix consortium delivers $1bn Dubai Tram phase 1
Consortium was responsible for civil work and rolling stock of 10.6km Al Sufouh network
Belhasa Six Construct has spoken of its immense pride at successfully delivering phase one of the AED3.7bn ($1bn) Dubai Tram project which was officially inuagurated today (Tuesday) ahead of its launch to the general public tomorrow (Wednesday).
The Middle East builder was part of a consortium along with transportation firm Alstom which was responsbile for undertaking the civil work and rolling stock for the 10.6km-long route that stretches along Al Sufouh Road and consists of 11 stations (JBR 1, JBR 2, JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media City, The Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village and Safouh).
The scope of work also took in one technical building and depot for maintenance and operational control of all network including all MEP works along with reconfiguration of 26 major road junctions.
A contract was signed with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on 17 June 2008, however work was subsequently suspended between 5 October 2009 and 31 December 2011. A new contract was agreed on 24 October 2011 and work restarted on 1 January 2012. The final contract date is 31 December 2014. A Taking Over Certificate (TOC) was issued on 26 October 2014 and the consortium has to maintain the works for 24 months after the TOC.
The final cost of the civil works exceeeds AED1.5bn ($408mn).
Olivier Crasson, Besix executive vice president, business development Middle East, said: "Besix is very proud to be the first company in the GCC having integrated a tramway system in an existing urban environment. We are organising ourselves to share this unique expertise with our future clients in the region."
Crasson said there were several challanges associated with the contract being design and build including the coordination of various disciplines through a number of consultants, the demands of the engineer (client representative) in light of its experience with the Dubai Metro, the design in coordination with Alstom in order to suit the rolling stock requirements, the design/construction of 26 junctions whilst keeping the traffic going in areas already congested with high volume traffic, and the control of the works, personnel and HSE as the site was spread over the length of the network.
He said the key phases of the project through to completion were design, documentation submittals and approval, civil works, building from structure to finishes, testing and commissioning, and documents close out.
At the project's peak a total of 6,500 people including subcontractors were deployed.