US $1 million worth of concrete poured at Bahrain World Trade Centre project

It is said to be the largest ever concrete pour to take place in Bahrain

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By  Eudore Chand Published  February 5, 2005

The latest news to pour in is from the Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) - concrete worth a staggering US $1 million was recently poured into the east tower foundations of the BWTC in a record 20 hours. This is said to be the largest ever concrete pour to take place in Bahrain. Joint venture firm Nass-Murray & Roberts, which has been appointed as the contractors for the BWTC, undertook the construction milestone. The BWTC is a 50-storey, twin tower commercial office development currently under construction adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel in Manama, and is due to be completed in the summer of 2006. The record, which was set in conjunction with Delmon Readymix Concrete, saw 4000 cubic metres of concrete poured in one single operation within 20 hours, a record event for construction in Bahrain. This was an improvement on a similar pour which was made into the west tower 12 days earlier and which took 24 hours. To complete the record pour, Delmon Readymix had to handle 1600 tonnes of cement, 7400 tonnes of stone/sand and 16 000 litres of admixture. The volume of water required for mixing the concrete was equal to two years consumption for a large private villa. Prior to the concreting, Nass-Murray & Roberts had to place 730 tonnes of steel reinforcement in the foundation. Nass Group managing director Samir Nass said the BWTC was expected to be completed by the deadlines set. “Over the next two weeks the two climbing tower cranes will be erected, followed by the main tower crane which will be erected 80 metres high on the first lift,” he explained. “The control cabin of this crane will be higher than the current office tower, the Bahrain Commercial Complex. The vertical formwork for the west tower is already assembled and anyone driving past the site on King Faisal Highway will soon notice the structure rising from behind the advertisement boards.” As well as the new twin tower commercial office building of over 50 storeys (the tallest in the country), the development will house an extended retail centre doubling the amount of stores in the existing Bahrain Commercial Complex mall as well as adding some restaurants. The adjacent Sheraton Hotel will also undergo major renovations and will become an integral part of the new leisure & entertainment complex. The BWTC will be a member of the Word Trade Centre Association; established in 1970, it boasts 284 member associations in 77 countries, involved in the development, maintenance or operation of World Trade Centres.

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