Feb 22, 2021

Bahrain Metro Project launches global procurement process

Bahrain
Metro
Procurement
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications seek global partners on a PPP basis for ambitious $32 billion automated project
Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications seek global partners on a PPP basis for ambitious automated project...

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT) has launched a procurement process for the construction of the Bahrain Metro Project.

The project, earmarked to cost between $1-$2 billion, aims to develop a modern public transport network across the Kingdom complete with fully automated, driverless technology.

The Ministry is seeking to partner with regional and global companies on a public-private-partnership (PPP) basis. 

MTT will host a ‘Global Market Virtual Sounding Forum’ in early March to introduce the project, and engage in dialogue with key players within the global construction industry. 

It will be followed later in the year by the project's tendering via a global competitive bidding process. MTT has appointed a team of Financial, Technical, and Legal advisors led by KPMG to act as the Lead Transaction Advisors.

The Project will consist of developing an extensive 109km rail-based urban transit network in a phased manner comprising four transit lines. 

Phase One of the MTT’s ambitious plans comprises two lines with an estimated length of 28.6kms and includes 20 stations with two interchanges. The two lines aim to connect the key transit points including Bahrain International Airport as well as major residential areas, commercial areas and school districts.

His Excellency Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications said: “The Ministry is looking to collaborate with the private sector on a public private partnership basis to encourage innovation, create efficiencies and provide the best value for money for this project. This approach is reflective of our leadership’s commitment to enable the private sector’s active participation in the economy with the Government acting as a facilitator and regulator.”

“We have been working in full force on a complete transportation infrastructure improvement strategy covering land, air and sea, to both support and drive the Kingdom’s economic development and serve our citizens, residents and visitors. 

"Through the Bahrain Metro project, MTT aspires to apply the latest technology that is up to international standards. This marks an important milestone as it will improve the quality of life of citizens by providing a fast, comfortable, reliable, and sustainable transportation system in the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

GCC countries are lining up Metro and train projects in a bid to boost connectivity and reduce car dependency. Dubai operates two driver-less Metro lines, Riyadh is planning six Metro lines and Foster + Partners is designing Jeddah's Metro (click here). Other ambitious plans include the solar-powered Virgin Hyperloop (click here). 

The Bahrain Metro Project aims to transform the transportation, industrial, hospitality and retail sectors through public and private investments. For more information, email: [email protected]

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Jun 21, 2021

Research reveals 164% rise in searches for loft conversions

Insurance4Less
construction
MarketResearch
LoftConversions
3 min
Market research conducted by the building supply specialist, Insulation4Less, reveals a rise in the number of online searches for loft conversions

Market research conducted by building supply specialist Insulation4Less has revealed that searches for ‘Loft Conversions’ rose by a staggering 164% between May and June of this year, while searches for ‘Loft Conversion Ideas’ jumped by 186% as people spend more time on home renovations this summer. 

The company also found that the most popular use for a loft conversion is for an additional bedroom, while an extra bathroom was the second-highest search term. Walk-in wardrobes came in third, beating out a home office in fourth while converting a loft into a home cinema round off the top five. 

According to a recent study, a loft conversion can add roughly 20% to the value of a property. With the average UK house price standing at £267,000 in January 2021, this represents an average increase in value of more than £53,400.  

Johnpaul Manning, Managing Director of Insulation4Less, said: “If the last year has taught us anything, it's that having space is essential to our mental health and wellbeing, so it's no surprise that people are taking the time to focus on home improvements to help them make the most of their home.

As one of the most under-utilised areas in any property, loft conversions represent a great opportunity to maximise the use of space that not only improves quality of life but also has the capacity to add value to the home”, he said. 

Manning added that it's important to remember that a loft conversion isn't just your average DIY project, and should never be done on the spur of the moment. “A significant amount of planning needs to happen to make it a reality, and an understanding that life can be disrupted while the build is taking place. 

“While it's definitely a worthwhile project, I'd recommend that anyone considering a loft conversion should do some in-depth research to really understand what's needed to make it a reality”, Manning said. 

Is Your Loft Suitable For a Conversion?

While loft conversions do look amazing and add an extra element to a property, not all homes may be suitable. Insulation4Less says that this is due to a variety of factors.

“It's important to make sure that your roof is structurally sound enough to handle a conversion”, the company said.  Although there are different types of roof structures, they mostly fall into two distinct categories: a traditional roof, and a trussed roof. 

A traditional roof: was typically found in pre-1960s houses. Rafters on traditional roofs run along its edges, leaving a good amount of free space. However, they might still need new or extra support. Trussed roofs, on the other hand, have ‘W’ shaped rafters that support the roof and the floor structure. Even though truss roofs may appear to be harder to convert, it’s not impossible; the ‘W’ shaped rafters can be replaced with an ‘A’ shape structure which creates a hollow space. While this can add additional costs, it could be a worthy investment, so take this into consideration during your planning process.

“Another thing to consider is the roof's height and pitch, and how that will impact the amount of space you’ll have. You’ll need a minimum height of 2.2m to ensure proper clearance. While you might be happy to settle for something a little shorter on paper, make sure your happy with the height you have and the effect it could have on the enjoyment of the space”, Insulation4Less advises. 

The company recommends doing research before going to an architect or contractor. “Ultimately, look for other conversions on your street or in similar properties, and if you feel comfortable, ask if you can have a look and discuss how their project came together - you’ll find a wealth of information that could really help your own project in the future”. 

Information credit: Insulation4Less

 

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