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$311.77m UAE housing scheme to be finished in 2014.

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One of the contractors working on a new $311.77m (1.145bn dirhams) housing scheme for UAE nationals in the Western Region has said it will employ a 2,000-strong workforce to ensure work is finished on time.

Contracts were signed for the Al Ghayathi Housing Project earlier this week between Abu Dhabi's General Services division, Musanda, and contractors National Transport & Construction Company and Al Dhabi Contracting Establishment.

Al Dhabi is building 433 residential units in the first sector, and chief estimator Manzoor Ahmed said a month's "immobilization period" would start immediately after Eid, with the project expected to take 20 months to complete. Mr Ahmed said a 2,000 strong workforce had been allocated to complete the contract.


He said one of the project's challenges would be overcoming the logistics involved in moving resources from Abu Dhabi, where the firm is based, to the site.

"It's far from Abu Dhabi and more logistics are required to finish the project," he added.

The firm has yet to select suppliers but Mr Ahmed said material costs were "covered in our price" and the villas would be made from reinforced concrete with a "good finish".

Al Dhabi was established in 1983, and Mr Ahmed said it was competing for other projects and "later we will see."

The second sector, which consists of 353 residential units, will be built by National Transport & Construction Company. The contracts are being supervised by WS Atkins.

The consultant told CW it will be deploying a site supervision team of around 30 individuals.

James Tomlinson, associate director of Atkins, said: "In order to facilitate the earliest occupation of the units, the employer has elected to divide the project into two construction contracts; contract 1 consisting of 433 villas and contract 2 consisting of 353 villas.

"Both contracts are planned to commence at the same time and run concurrently for a period of 20 months to project completion. In order to achieve the earliest occupation, the project shall be subject to a phased handover which is currently planned to commence in August 2013 with ultimate completion around March 2014," he added.

"We will be working closely with both contractors to ensure consistency, manage logistics and careful coordination throughout the project. Communication and good relationships between all stakeholders on the project shall be vital to its successful completion.

"To deliver this effectively we will manage the project with one core team overseeing both contracts with specific site teams dedicated to each. This approach shall facilitate the requirement for constant coordination of the works between all stakeholders."

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Publication:Construction Week
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Date:Aug 8, 2012
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