United Engineering Construction Wins AED160 million Ibn Battuta Hotel Contract
Dubai developer Nakheel has awarded a contract worth nearly AED160 million for the construction of its new, 372-room hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall to UAE-based United Engineering Construction LLC (UNEC).
The hotel will form part of Nakheel’s 28,000 square metre expansion of the Ibn Battuta mall complex.
The announcement comes less than three weeks after Nakheel signed a management agreement with UK-based Premier Inn to run the hotel, which will be directly linked to the Dubai Metro and Ibn Battuta Mall. Premier Inn at Ibn Battuta, scheduled to open in 2016, will have a restaurant, Costa coffee shop, swimming pool and gym.
Ibn Battuta, the world’s largest themed shopping mall, already has 270 shops, 50 restaurants and a 21-screen cinema. The expansion will add 150 shops to the complex.
Nakheel is planning nine hotels across Dubai over the next five years. In April, the developer confirmed that Accor will manage its 250-room hotel at Dragon Mart, due to open this year, and in February, Nakheel launched more than 500 luxury residences at The Palm Tower, its 50-storey, five star hotel and residential complex on Palm Jumeirah. Hotels are also planned for Deira Islands and International City.
UNEC is also the appointed contractor for the new retail mall at Nakheel’s Dragon Mart extension. The 177,000 sqm extension – comprising a mall, hotel and multi-storey car park – will double the size of the existing complex, bringing the total size of Dragon Mart to 335,000 sqm.
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.