Belgian firm wins Four Seasons Bahrain contract
Six Construct secures construction deal for luxury Bahrain Bay hotel
Bahrain Bay, the $2.5 billion waterfront community project, said on Sunday it has awarded the main contract for the construction of a Four Seasons Hotel to Belgian-based Six Construct.
The move signals the beginning of phase two of the project, which includes the podium and tower construction.
Work will begin on November 30 with a target construction completion date of April 2014, Bahrain Bay said in a statement.
Bob Vincent, Bahrain Bay CEO, said: "The commencement of the main contract for the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is seen as an important commitment to re-invigorating construction in Bahrain and bringing a fresh focus to real estate lending by local banks.
"In addition, the flow-on effects of more than 2,000 jobs during construction; participation by local Bahrain sub-contractors and suppliers during the development and more than 700 permanent jobs; will all serve to demonstrate a turnaround in the Bahrain economy."
Six Construct was picked from an original list of 21 firms, he added.
Six Construct has previously worked on construction projects including the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Hotel, and The Armani Hotel, Dubai.
The Four Seasons Hotel at Bahrain Bay will be the latest in the five-star chain's prestigious portfolio of international properties.
The 50-storey building will include 263 guest rooms, a five-star spa and leisure facilities, and suspended 'Sky Pod' restaurant.
Philippe Dessoy, general manager, Six Construct, said: "We are excited to begin work on the Four Seasons Hotel project. As with all our projects, we anticipate a timely completion on schedule and on-budget."
Phase one - the enabling works - of the Four Seasons Hotel project was completed in the summer and included the moving of over 40,000 cubic metres of earthworks, and over 7,000 cubic metres of concrete poured into over 800 separate piles.