Eversendai wins $74m Qatar public art structure

Ashghal project will feature visitors' centre hung from giant arches 40m above the new Lusail Expressway

Tan Sri AK Nathan, executive chairman of Eversendai
Tan Sri AK Nathan, executive chairman of Eversendai

Steel fabrication specialist Eversendai has announced that its Qatari subsidiary has landed a $74.2m contract to build the al Wahda Arches and Visitors' Centre in Doha.

The Malaysian-headquartered firm, which has fabrication facilities in Sharjah, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, as well as a 27,550m2 base in Qatar, said that it was the only company that pre-qualified for the contract which had local facilities - it was competing against firms from South Korea, Italy and France.

The Al Wahda arches are a pair of huge new structures interweaving structures with a visitors' centre suspended underneath that are being built as part of the Lusail Expressway project. The bigger arch will be 146.5m wide and nearly 99m high, while the smaller one will be 139.8m long and around 88m high. The visitors' centre will be 85m long and 21m high. It will be suspended some 40m above the Expressway.

Eversendai will be responsible for the design, supply, fabrication and erection of the steel arches, installation of cables and hangards and the 400-tonne strand jacking of the visitors' centre to its suspended height of 40m. It will be hung in place by cross-bracing cables suspended from the arches.

Work is set to start on site immediately, with completion due by June 2016. Client Ashghal expects that once complete, the structure will become a popular tourist attraction, with cable car access to the visitors' centre.

Eversendai's executive chairman and group MD Tan Sri A K Nathan said: “The Al Wahda Arches and Visitors’ Centre is a long-awaited project in Qatar and our success in winning this contract simultaneously reasserts Eversendai’s strength in the Middle East and Qatar in particular. Our achievement in securing this contract also stands as a testament of our tenacity in this region and our expertise in executing highly complex structures."

The company is already involved in steel fabrication works for the upgrade of the Khalifa International Stadium and at the National Museum of Qatar project being built by Hyundai and managed by Astad Project Management.


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