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The Katara Towers at Lusail

Construction on the swooping structure of a twin-towers project in Lusail Marina is expected to start soon, with the launch this week of tenders for a main contractor.

Katara Hospitality opened the application process for a contractor to build the 36-story, crossed-swords design Katara Towers.

The towers’ curves are inspired by the crossed swords of the seal of Qatar, and were designed by German civil engineering and design firm King Consult.

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Qatar Emblem

When complete, the complex will house two hotels, luxury apartments, restaurants and entertainment and recreation facilities, according to the notice on its website and in local media this week.

Katara Hospitality first launched the towers project in May 2012, and at that time aimed to finish by 2016.

At the time, the total budget for the project, covering a 300,000 sq m area, was QR2.2 billion.

Since then, progress on the project has been stop-start, and subsequent deadlines have come and gone.

Enabling and piling works got underway in late 2013, and in December 2014, Katara Hospitality tendered for subcontracting and basement works packages.

According to its website, the towers are now scheduled to open in 2020.

Contractor search

The state-funded hospitality group said it is currently looking for a Qatar-based contractor, or a joint venture with local official representation.

They will be tasked with building the above-ground structure and facade and to handle the MEP works.

The successful bidder will also be appointed as main contractor for the rest of the works to the project until it is finished, the notice states.

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Tender notice in newspapers for Katara Towers’ main contractor

Eligible bidders should have done at least three similar projects in the last six years, each valued at QR2 billion or higher.

They must also show experience in constructing projects of a “similar size, character and complexity” in the Gulf or MENA region in the last five years, the notice said.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.

What to expect

Once completed, the towers will be among Lusail City’s landmark buildings.

It is located in the marina district, which is still under construction. It is already home to the multi-colored Marina Twin Towers, among other buildings.

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Lusail’s Twin Towers

According to the latest tender notice, Katara Towers will house two hotels – a “luxurious premium” hotel for business travelers, and a “five-star deluxe hotel.”

There will also be permanent apartments as well as “a variety of suites, restaurants and state-of-art entertainment and recreation facilities.”

Previously, an artificial beach island was planned, to be linked to the towers’ promenade by bridges.

It was slated to host aquatic sports, restaurants and contain water parks, Katara Hospitality previously said.

However, there was no mention of the beach island in the latest notice.

New city

Some 20km to the north of Doha, Lusail is being built from what was empty desert.

The aim is to eventually house nearly 200,000 people by 2022, and half-a-million residents when it is fully complete.

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Lusail City rendering

At that time, visitors to the “city of the future” will be able to get around via light rail, water taxi or through a cycle and pedestrian network.

Construction on the marina district has been underway for years, and a number of towers and other projects are already complete, although progress in some parts has been slow.

Lusail will also be home to Qatar’s showpiece stadium when it hosts the World Cup in 2022.

A Qatari-Chinese JV was announced late last year as the main stadium contractor. But the design for the arena – being undertaken by British architectural firm Fosters + Partners – has yet to be publicly revealed.

Among the stops on the light-rail is Place Vendôme. The QR4.6 billion mixed-use, Parisian-inspired development will have a shopping center with up to 500 retail outlets in a 1 million square meter area.

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Place Vendôme – Lusail

Scheduled to be finished next year, it will include a a hypermarket, entertainment zones, restaurants and two five-star luxury hotels and serviced apartments.

Thoughts?

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Work is finally moving forward on Qatar’s flagship World Cup stadium, with organizers naming the main contractor yesterday.

The Lusail Stadium will be built by a joint venture between Qatari firm HBK Contracting Co. (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corp. (CRCC).

The venue is expected to be completed in 2020 and will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 World Cup.

Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.

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Lusail Stadium rendering, as submitted by Qatar during bid process.

The committee invited contractors to bid on the stadium in May, asking for work to begin this December.

At the time, it set a maximum bid price of QR2.8 billion (US$769 million). No finalized contract amount has been announced.

Design

British architectural firm Fosters + Partners has been working on the design of the venue, which organizers said was completed earlier this year.

It will be revealed in early 2017, the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) added.

In a statement, Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said:

“Lusail Stadium will be the center-piece of our tournament in 2022, and post tournament will become an integral part of the community in Lusail City in the legacy phase.

We look forward to revealing the Qatari-inspired design and detailed legacy plans to the people in Qatar and football fans across the world next year.”

The open-air stadium will be Qatar’s largest, and is expected to seat some 80,000 football fans during the tournament.

It will feature cooling technology like the other seven venues.

The SCDL said that Marafeq has been awarded the cooling agreement for Lusail Stadium, and will provide some 30,000 tons of refrigeration before and during the World Cup.

Lusail City

The under-construction Lusail City is located some 20km north of Doha.

According to the SCDL, the 19-district development will be home to more than 200,000 residents by 2022.

When completed, visitors to the “city of the future” will be able to get around via light rail, water taxi or through a cycle and pedestrian network.

Lusail City rendering

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Lusail City rendering

Before then, Qatar is working hard on getting its World Cup stadiums ready.

So far, five tournament venues are under construction: Al Rayyan, Khalifa International, Al Wakrah, Al Bayt Al Khor and Qatar Foundation.

Three more stadiums including Lusail, Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama are still in the preliminary stages.

But World Cup organizers said they plan to be “managing eight live construction sites by mid-2017.”

Thoughts?

Kone wins contract for elevators, escalators for Lusail light rail

Construction of the Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is continuing, with the recent award of a contract to Finland-based Kone. The firm will fit out the network’s stations with 49 escalators, 82 elevators and eight moving walk-ways.

Officials have yet to set a launch date for the tram-based transport network, but ridership forecast documents suggest a 2019-2020 opening.