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Posted On: 13 May 2013 12:00 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Heart of Lusail City to be ready in three years

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Lusail City, spread over 38sq km, will see completion of the various packages of its Central Zone within two to three years, infusing life in three of the 19 integrated and diverse mixed-use districts of the major project. Lusail City is master-planned to accommodate 200,000 residents, 170,000 workers and 80,000 daily visitors. The Central Zone, also known as the heart of Lusail City, comprises the Commercial Waterfront District that forms the silhouette of Lusail City’s marina design, the Lusail Towers District and Plaza that together form the face of Lusail City as the financial centre, and the Commercial Boulevard. The project’s developer, Lusail City Real Estate Development Company (LREDC), hosted a seminar for various construction packages of the Central Zone. The event brought together more than 300 participants representing contractors, designers and suppliers, for a discussion on the salient features of the tendering and execution process of Central Zone. “The seminar was aimed at confirming LREDC’s partnering approach towards the construction and engineering community allowing them the opportunity to better plan resources for upcoming tenders and more time for teaming between contractors, designers and suppliers,” said infrastructures projects director Khalid al-Hammadi. The magnitude and complexity of Central Zone means successful tender candidates will have their task cut out for them with 8mn cubic metres of excavation, nearly 2mn cubic metres of reinforced concrete and 450,000sq m of asphalt roads, along with hundreds of kilometres of piping for potable water, irrigation, storm-water and sewer network. The seminar also introduced modern designing and construction technologies, as Lusail requested the contractors applying for the tender to use three-dimensional BIM Technology to present their design as well as their implementation plan. This technique previously demonstrated success in all the constructed projects in Lusail City and would furnish a full visualisation of the project when linked to the construction schedule. The technology contributes to avoiding any unexpected clashes during the construction phase, which could cause some delay in the progress of the project, or an increase in the cost of the contract. Al-Hammadi credited many of the seminar participants as being partners that enabled the successful delivery of the Fox Hills District to investors for plot developments after completion of infrastructure works in 2012, as well as the opening of the Promenade within the Marina District to the public during the same year. “The tender strategy for the Central Zone was developed to encourage both local and international contractors with the ability to successfully compete for the works,” added Faisal al-Moosa, senior project manager - Central Zone, LREDC.