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Dubai's BICC wins major refurb and redevelopment contract in Abu Dhabi

The Armed Forces Club and Hotel in Abu Dhabi will see its main building's central hub, east, and west wings undergo a refurbishment

Contractor BICC has won a refurb and redevelopment contract at Abu Dhabi's Armed Forces Club and Hotel [image: Abu Dhabi].
Contractor BICC has won a refurb and redevelopment contract at Abu Dhabi's Armed Forces Club and Hotel [image: Abu Dhabi].

Dubai-headquartered contractor BIC Contracting (BICC), formerly known as HLG, has been awarded a refurbishment and redevelopment contract for the Armed Forces Club and Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Under the contract, BICC said in statement, the main building’s central hub, east, and west wings will undergo a refurbishment, along with the construction of new facilities within the club and hotel grounds.

These will include a catering area, banquet hall, sports hub, retail and food & beverage village, beach villas, and a beach club with pool.

READ: Dubai's BICC wins first of Arada's $272m infra contracts in Sharjah

BICC said construction on the new facilities “will commence shortly and is expected to be completed within 17 months”.

When asked by Construction Week, BICC declined to comment on the total value of the contract.

The win represents an extension of BICC's involvement at the site, having already constructed the original Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel – including its distinctive curved concrete structure, the largest in the UAE at the time in 1993.

BICC also built the east and west wings, both completed in 1997.

The news comes two months after BICC won an infrastructure package worth $28m (AED103m) for Sharjah-based real estate developer Arada’s Aljada development.

READ: UAE contractor HLG rebrands to BICC as CEO eyes 'refreshed focus'

BICC’s deal is the first part of the $272m (AED1bn) total infrastructure package designed by engineering firm Jacobs, which will be awarded for the 2.2km2 project.

This year saw the firm undergo a rebrand in May, changing from HLG Contracting to its current form. Speaking at the time, the company said its new name signified its “ongoing strength and commitment in building and infrastructure construction across the Middle East”.

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