Aedas cancels Heart of Doha design contract

Architect cites commercial reasons for withdrawal from mega project

The project aims to house the city's growing population.
The project aims to house the city's growing population.

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The architect Aedas has cancelled its contract to design the Heart of Doha, the multi-billion mixed-use development in the centre of the Qatar capital, citing commercial reasons.

The global designer notified client DOHALAND last Thursday, a statement issued by the company reveals, citing no further reason for the termination.

The US$5.5 billion project aims to redevelop the centre of the capital and provide housing for the country’s increasing population, funded by petrochemical revenues. The finished complex will include hotels, retail, residential, mosques, cultural, heritage, school and government buildings.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction and HBK are building the first phase of the project in a joint venture, with Bauer International Qatar LLC providing the enabling work.

Issa al-Mohannadi, CEO of DOHALAND, was unavailable to elaborate on the news.

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