Internationals move in to get Burj Dubai contracts

Several new joint ventures being formed to bid for the prestigious contract

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By  Colin Foreman Published  June 19, 2004

A number of new overseas contractors, mostly from the Far East, are currently tendering for Burj Dubai as part of joint ventures with local contractors. Billed by the developer, Emaar Properties, as the world’s tallest tower, it is no surprise that a project of such prestige has attracted contractors from all over the world. The majority of the overseas companies involved are based in the Far East, where high-rise fever has led to the construction of several of the world’s tallest buildings in recent years. The joint ventures known to be tendering are: Grocon/Al Hamid/DCE; Al Habtoor – Murray & Roberts/WCT/Takenaka; Dutco Balfour Beatty/Paul Y ITC Construction Holdings/Al Ghandi – Consolidated Construction Co.; Al Naboodah Laing O’Rourke/Hip Hing; and Besix/Samsung Construction/Arabtec. Construction Week believes other joint ventures may also submit tenders, as several major local contractors plans, at the time of writing, were unclear. Hong Kong-based contractors Paul Y ITC and Hip Hing both have extensive experience in high-rise construction from their domestic market. Paul Y ITC was the main contractor for The Center (346 m) and The Cheung Kong Centre (283 m). Hip Hing was the main contractor for Highcliff (252 m) and The Harbourside (235 m). As one of Japan’s leading contractors, The Takenaka Corporation is also able to bring a wealth of high-rise experience. The company was responsible for the construction of the Tokyo Tower (333 m). Completed in 1950, it is still Tokyo’s tallest building. The Samsung Construction Company from South Korea recently completed Tower Palace Three, Tower G (264 m), which is now South Korea’s tallest building. Australian contractor Grocon is currently working on what will be Melbourne’s tallest building Eureka Tower (297m). The project is expected to be finished in 2005. The tenders are due for submission on 4th July. Most expect that the awards will be announced sometime after late August. Other companies involved are Skidmore, Owings & Merril’s (SOM) Chicago Office as the architect; Turner Construction as the construction manager and Hirsch/Bedner & Associates for the interiors. Bauer and Middle East Foundations are the piling contractors.

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