Abu Dhabi issue tenders of construction packages for museum project

Source:  www.meed.com

MEED reported that Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company has told companies that it will now procure contractors for its estimated USD 1 billion Zayed National Museum project on Saadiyat Island using a series of traditional lump sum contracts.

Zayed National Museum

Zayed National Museum

The company said that the developer had originally planned to build the museum using a design and build contract for the entire project, but will now issue tenders for a series of construction packages for the substructure and the main construction works.

Groups that have pre qualified for the main construction package include the UK Aldar Laing O’Rourke; the Australian Al Habtoor Leighton Group in a JV with South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors; a French JV of Bouygues and Vinci Grand Projets; Athens based Consolidated Contractors Company; Germany’s Ed Zueblin; South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Australia’s Multiplex; South Korea’s Samsung Corporation; a South Korean group of Ssangyong Corporation, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, POSCO Engineering & Construction and Hanmi Parsons and Japan’s Taisei Corporation.

Designed by UK based Foster & Partners, the museum will feature exhibits on the life of the late Mr Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founding president of the UAE and former ruler of Abu Dhabi.

TDIC made similar changes to its procurement strategy for its estimated USD 1 billion Louvre Abu Dhabi museum in December last year. It has now invited selected companies to bid by March 23rd 2010 for the contract to build the substructure for the Louvre. The concrete substructure package follows the award of a piling contract to Germany’s Bauer, which has also completed the enabling works package including excavation.

The company said that Bauer’s 20 week piling contract involves driving 5,638 piles. For the excavation, the contractor removed 503,000 cubic meters of material for the base of the museum. The main construction package for the Louvre will be tendered later in 2010.

The 2 museums are part of Saadiyat’s cultural district which also includes the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi designed by US based Frank Gehry, a performing arts centre designed by UK based Zaha Hadid and a maritime museum designed by Japan’s Tadao Ando.

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