United Engineering Construction (Unec) is set to be handed a contract to build the next 600 apartments due to be built at Nshama’s Town Square project in Dubai.
The Nshama chief executive Fred Durie said that an award to Unec was set to be made shortly – just ahead of the first of a couple of phased sales launches for the apartments.
“The contractor’s just about to start. We don’t want to launch and have no contractor and it could then take 2-3 years to deliver,” he told reporters during a tour of the Town Square project.
Unec is already building the 1,100 apartments currently under construction at Town Square in the Zahra and Safi communities. The 1,050 town houses underway are being built by Beaver Gulf.
The site grading work was carried out by Al Naboodah Contracting and the deep services work is currently being carried out by Binladin Contracting Group. District cooling pipes are being installed as part of continuing infrastructure works for Emaar District Cooling, which will service the entire community. A 132kV substation is also being built by Larsen & Toubro under a contract for Dewa.
Al Dharis SPF has also been awarded a deal to design, build and supply a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) network. It will supply cooking gas to all of the 18,000 apartments, 3,000 town houses, and more than 100 other buildings on site, including community retail and F&B units and the Vida hotel complex. This will involve the construction of two, 50,000-litre capacity underground tanks, over 35km of underground piping, and the supply of permanent operations and maintenance staff on site.
Mr Durie said that he also expects a contract for the site’s roads to be tendered during the summer, and for the first third of the central square area to be brought forward either in the third or fourth quarter of this year.
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