Habtoor-Drake JV wins Dubai project
Dubai, September 24, 2013
A joint venture between Habtoor Leighton Specon and Drake & Scull International has been awarded a Dh403 million ($110 million) project to undertake the complete MEP systems for the Al Habtoor City project in Dubai.
Habtoor Leighton Specon (HLS), a market leader in design, engineering, procurement and construction of Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy and Power projects, has been awarded a Dh206 million project to provide turnkey MEP solutions for the Al Habtoor City project, in Dubai.
HLS has signed a joint venture agreement with Drake & Scull Engineering to undertake the MEP works for a total value of Dh403 million of which HLS’s share is 51 per cent.
Under the agreement, the HLS-DSE JV will be responsible for all MEP works for what will become the largest integrated hotel complex in the Middle East.
The Al Habtoor City project comprises the construction of 3 hotels, Fashion Hotel - W (27 levels), Luxury Hotel – St. Regis (6 levels) and the Main hotel – Westin (37 levels), a 1400 seat Las Vegas-style “aqua” theatre, 3 large basement levels, Ground and Mezzanine levels and a large car park (2290 cars).
The three hotels will be managed by Starwood and will have in total 1623 units. The total built area is approximately 390,000 sq m plus 27,000 sq m of Provencal-style gardens.
The new development will be located on the site of the old Metropolitan Hotel – previously Dubai’s oldest hotel – on Sheikh Zayed Road at the southernmost point of the “Old Town” development, which includes the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The development is scheduled for completion at the beginning of 2016.
The main contractor is the Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) who signed an Dh1.9 billion contract with the Al Habtoor Group as part of the Dh4.9 billion Al Habtoor City development in Dubai.
Commenting on the project, Thrasos Thrasyvoulou, the managing director of HLS, said: “We are very proud to be associated with such a prestigious project. We look forward to working closely with our Client to deliver the project to the highest quality. This will be a landmark hotel complex in the region.”
“We have successfully worked with Al Habtoor in the past and have always maintained an excellent working relationship with them. We look forward to working with them and HLG again to create a development that will be a landmark not only in Dubai, but for the entire Middle East,”stated Thrasyvoulou.
“The quality of the delivery of MEP systems is a critical element of luxury hotel projects. We use state of the art techniques to ensure the highest comfort of the guests when it comes to noise criteria, temperature and humidity, water quality, lighting control, access and security, and smart/ interactive communication and entertainment systems," he said.
The quality of the MEP systems on luxury hotel projects is what differentiates the good MEP contractors,” he added.
Thrasyvoulou said this project win took the value of its awarded contracts in 2013 to over Dh1.7 billion, solidifying the HLS position as one of the leading MEP players in the region.
"In addition it adds to our unparalleled hotels portfolio that, over the last 5 years especially, is second to none," he added.
Drake & Scull International CEO Khaldoun Tabari said: “Our partnership with HLS brings exceptional value and solid engineering expertise to the international JV of this prestigious project. We are confident that our combined efforts and commitment to excellence will satisfy the very high standards of this iconic landmark and will allow us to complete the project on time.”
HLS has recently worked with operators such as Jumeirah, Movenpick, Millennium, Kempinski, Rotana, Shangri-La, Ritz Carlton, Merweb, and Marriott, amongst others and is currently completing the Daman Towers hotel and residential towers in Dubai.-TradeArabia News Service