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Tenders open for Qatar’s Katara Towers as Lusail development gears up

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All photos courtesy of Kling Consult

In another sign of the accelerating pace of development at Lusail City, Katara Hospitality has opened tenders for its iconic “crossed swords” twin towers.

In adverts published in local media yesterday, the state-owned hospitality group invited contractors to bid for the substructure and basement works package for the project.

Eligible bidders should have “demonstrated experience and prompt delivery records,” and can be locally based firms or joint ventures between local and international entities.

The package they are invited to submit tenders for includes excavation, piling, concrete works and underground electro-mechanical works.

There is no timeline for when this construction is expected to be underway and Katara Hospitality has not commented on the development.

The design of the “Katara Towers” is inspired by Qatar’s crossed-swords insignia and will dominate the skyline of the marina district.

The project is estimated to cost approximately QR2.2 billion (US$600 million) and is expected to be completed by early 2017. That’s later than the 2016 target officials originally said they were aiming for when the towers were first unveiled two years ago.

Katara Hospitality tender ad

Designed by German-based civil engineering and design firm Kling Consult, the 300,000 sqm development will feature a five-star hotel geared toward business travelers, a 614-room “six-star” luxury hotel and apartment block for permanent residents, restaurants, entertainment outlets including a VIP cinema, shops and a private cigar lounge as well as meeting and conference facilities, according to a statement issued by Katara Hospitality last fall.

An artificial beach island will also be built just off the shore and be linked to the towers’ promenade by bridges. It will host aquatic sports, restaurants and contain water parks, the statement says.

Enabling works got under way last year, and UAE/Australian contractors Al Habtoor Leighton began piling works in November 2013.

Lusail progress

Plans for Lusail City are ambitious. Touted to be home to around 450,000 residents once complete, there are four purpose-built islands and 19 “multi-purpose residential, mixed-use, entertainment and commercial districts.”

A Lusail construction site, seen earlier this year.

However, progress on the complex has been slow. The development known as The Piazza, built by Damac, stands alone in what should be a lush, residential area to the north of the city.

Instead, it is surrounded by dust and excavation heaps as work on the other planned developments around it has barely started.

This summer, residents complained that seven years after signing to buy apartments on the site, construction was still not complete.

Nevertheless, firms continue to announce new projects slated to take place in the city. Earlier this year, the lead contractor of Lusail’s under-construction light-rail transit system announced that works were continuing and the first line would begin operations in 2018.

Meanwhile in October, United Developers released designs for its US$1.25 billion mega-mall Place Vendome, which will be built at Lusail City.

Twice the footprint of Villaggio Mall, the new shopping venue aims to attract high-end customers and has design elements reflecting the central Parisian neighborhood of the same name.

It is due to include serviced apartments, entertainment zones, a pair of five-star hotels and up to 400 retail outlets when it is completed in the the third quarter of 2017.

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brorick
brorick
6 years ago

i love the difference between the tender pictures and the actual picture with 2 forklift trucks. you can use it on a spot the difference game.

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disqus_21uQ1hXhE0
6 years ago

lol, that building looks like Sauron’s headquarters in 2050.

KingOfKings
6 years ago

It would be epic if by then, Qatar will invest on a couple of robot-like flying dragons who will fly around it to ensure the safety of sheikhs who are inside it… Like a new division of Al Fazaa, dedicated to combat any potential space attacks on this fine establishment,

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago

The Katara website claims that for this project “the appointment of remaining contractors and partners is in the final tendering stages.”

However…. they said that in September 2013.

But I toooootally believe them that when they said over 1 year ago “Progress on this iconic development is advancing swiftly” they didn’t mean it, but this time they totally do.

http://www.katarahospitality.com/press-office/katara-hospitality-reveals-lusail-marina-towers-new-developments-and-commencement-of-project-construction/

Jokes aside, this is a great looking building and it will be an iconic addition to the Doha skyline.. But I still remember reading back in 2009 that the Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge was due for completion by Q3 of 2014. Until they actually start building this, it remains just another ‘bold proposal’ that we hope will eventually see the light of day.

brorick
brorick
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

start? until its complete.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  brorick

I’m trying to be optimistic. Usually once things are actually started they do get finished… eventually. The only notable exceptions I can think of is the Dubai Towers monstrosity on the Corniche, a few towers at The Pearl, and the most disappointing started-but-never finished project – the Isozaki designed library project that was to be built next to the post office.

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disqus_21uQ1hXhE0
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

I’m grateful the Isozaki design was replaced by Rem Koolhaas’, would have been another eyesore on the Corniche.

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

In Qatar’s chaotic building industry to complete a building like that by 2017 for a chaotic state Client is not even remotely possible. Not pessimism – realism.

KK
KK
6 years ago

I wonder who would consider buying a property in Lusail (or Qatar in general). The investor climate is unfriendly.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Some people did already and they regret it. There was an article about one of them on DN a while ago

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

A fool and his money are soon parted. You would be surprised as to how many of them are attracted to this region.

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago

ah, just what this country needs

KingOfKings
6 years ago
Reply to  zoeval

The vision is that by 2033, there will be a mall to every 10 Qataris. Some people like to have their space u know…

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