Towell Construction Awarded $55.8m Oman Resort Contract
The developer of an integrated tourism megaproject in Oman has awarded the $55.8m construction contract for the first residential zone to Towell Contruction.
The appointment by Saraya Bandar Jissah is the latest development phase of the project following the awarding of the infrastructure and two hotel contracts.
The Zaha Zone package covers construction of 14 units of three-bedroom detached villas, 29 units of three-bedroom semi-detached villas and 21 blocks, each with four two-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom duplexes.
A total of 169 properties are scheduled to be ready for occupation by 2016 on the resort with an area of 2.2mn sqm.
The complex will be supported by the Oman Government, and will also include exclusive residential units, two five-star beachfront hotels and a recreational area.
Ivor Braganza, CEO of Towell Construction & Co, said: "We are proud to be awarded this contract and look forward to working with Saraya Bandar Jissah on this landmark project."
The two hotels are scheduled for opening in 2017.
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.