Atkins wins Durrat Al Bahrain Contract
Bahrain-based developer, Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain Company, has awarded Dubai's WS Atkins and Partners Overseas the architectural and infrastructure design contract on phase III of Durrat al Bahrain project, a 20 sq km reclaimed series of islands at the southern tip of the kingdom. Phase III involves design and documentation of infrastructure works, landscaping and architectural engineering of the luxury villas plus facility buildings on the remaining four of the planned 13 islands. Construction of phase III is expected to commence next year.
Durrat Al Bahrain announced that it will be exhibiting at the Kuwait International Real Estate Exhibition
Durrat Al Bahrain, the Kingdom’s largest planned luxury residential, commercial and tourist resort development, announced that it will be exhibiting at the Kuwait International Real Estate Exhibition to be held in Kuwait City from 9 to 13 November.
The exhibition is expected to attract leading real estate professionals and investors from across the region to consider the latest real estate trends and investment opportunities.
Commenting on the exhibition, Jassim Al Jowder, CEO of Durrat Al Bahrain, said, “Kuwait is an important market for Durrat Al Bahrain. The exhibition will see us marketing our new range of town house villas, Bait Al Durrah, which are located around the interior of our residential islands and offering courtyard based luxury living. We’re also using the exhibition to communicate how Durrat Al Bahrain is an ideal lifestyle destination for those wanting to live a contemporary urban lifestyle based in and around the beautiful waters of the southern Bahrain sea, either as a resident or as a visitor. Since we last exhibited in Kuwait, we’ve started handing over villas to our homeowners and we’re making significant progress across the rest of the development.
More than 45 companies are expected to participate in the exhibition, marketing more then 100 real estate projects from 17 countries.
Set in development offers The Islands, the azure waters of south Bahrain, the 21 km2 designed into two circular rows of six Atolls and five Petals, are 11 islands of just over 1000 luxury residential villas, gardens and beaches in an enchanting setting offering a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity.
The Crescent will be the urban hub of Durrat Al Bahrain, where residents and visitors will be able to lose themselves in a vibrant, cosmopolitan world of sensational dining experiences and exclusive designer shopping, right in the heart of Durrat Al Bahrain.
Residents, businesses and visitors will not only be able to live island lifestyles, but they will also benefit from The Golf Course, an 18 hole golf course designed by Ernie Els, the world-renowned golf champion.
The Golf Course will comprise a challenging course, a club house, a driving range, a luxury hotel complex and an array of stylishly designed luxury residential villas and apartments arranged around landscaped waterways.
In partnership with Tameer, Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain is also offering, Durrat Marina, one of the region’s leading marinas covering 700,000 m2 offering 400 berths in a stunning location across three islands.
Residents and visitors will be able to sail, jetski, cruise on a motor boat or simply soak up the quay-side activity.
Menatelecom's WiMAX at Durrat Al Bahrain and other key resorts in the Kingdom
As a step towards enhancing the internet and wireless telephony experience, Menatelecom, an investment subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), and the first company in the Middle East to launch a nationwide WiMAX network, is proud to announce a further strengthening of its network coverage across the country to include Durrat Al Bahrain, Amwaj Islands and Banyan Tree in addition to its surrounding area.
In accordance with its goal of providing the best value for money combined with the latest that wireless technology has to offer, Menatelecom has recently installed the first WiMAX base stations disguised as 30-meter (~100 ft) high palm trees at Durrat Al Bahrain and Banyan Tree resorts.
This news comes with release of the fastest high-speed broadband package available in the Kingdom, offering speeds of up to 15 Megabits per second. Residents can now enjoy Wireless Telephony & Internet at the resort with the fastest speeds in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
This step aims to achieve even higher levels of customer satisfaction offering them convenience, comfort and real value for money.
Menatelecom’s continuously optimized network will provide easier access to wireless telephony and internet services.
Menatelecom’s enhanced network reaches to include new areas in the Kingdom such Durrat Al Bahrain.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Abdul Razak Jawahery, Executive Manager Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain (KFH), representing KFH as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Menatelecom commented:
“It is our ongoing endeavor to extend the joy of wireless telephony and internet to benefit more and more people in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The continuous feedback from our customers over the past year has assisted us to identify areas to strengthen our presence. Whether it is an office, a home or anywhere else in the Kingdom, our customers can now enjoy the power of full wireless experience at their leisure.”
Atkins has been awarded the architectural and infrastructure design on phase III of Durrat al Bahrain
International design and engineering consultancy, Atkins, has been awarded the architectural and infrastructure design on phase III of Durrat al Bahrain, a 20 km2 reclaimed series of paradise islands at the southern tip of Bahrain.
Delivery of phase III requires the design and documentation of infrastructure works, landscaping and architectural engineering of the luxury villas plus facility buildings on the remaining four of the planned 13 islands.
The two inner petal islands and two outer atoll islands cover a total land area of over 800,000m2 and is the final phase in the construction of the 20km2 luxury residential resort.
Atkins began working on this signature development for Bahrain in 2004 and phase I and II are progressing well with construction, with a number of villa owners now having moved into their new homes.
It is expected the construction of phase III will commence next year.
“Atkins has been working closely with Durrat Khaleej al Bahrain (DKAB) over the last five years in ensuring the delivery of one of the region’s most exceptional projects. We are delighted to have been retained for the final phase,” says Andrew Lane, Project Director for Atkins in the Middle East.
“Our continued presence capitalises on the in-depth knowledge and close working client relationship already established with Durrat Khaleej al Bahrain and the commission demonstrates Atkins’ commitment to the development of Bahrain.”
Durrat al Bahrain reflects the Kingdom’s standing as a financial and commercial hub, and its high-end design philosophy will be echoed in the architectural and interior design of phase III’s 570 villas. Hard and soft landscaping will reflect the islands’ idyllic ambience encouraging residents to step outside and interact with nature. Green corridors and community areas will connect the urban fabric, and all villas will have direct access to water via either a beachfront or a jetty.
Durrat Al Bahrain fitted out with Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware and bathtubs
Set in the azure waters of southern Bahrain, a unique place where contrasting lifestyles complement each other, an island and a city, the desert and the sea, holiday and home - all this is Durrat Al Bahrain, the Kingdom’s largest planned luxury mixed-use, residential, and commercial and resort development.
This 20 km2 development has been created across a cluster of 11 spectacular islands. It will host over 2,000 beautiful beachfront villas, 3,600 executive apartments and offices, a luxury hotel and spa resort, parks and entertainment precincts, mosques and international schools, premier retail malls and restaurants, a 400-berth marina and an Ernie Els designed 18-hole championship golf course.
Named after the ‘most perfect pearl’ in the Arabian Gulf, Durrat Al Bahrain is a $4bn joint development owned by the Government of Bahrain and the Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain). The development was master planned and designed by Atkins, the world renowned design, engineering and consultancy firm, and KMC Bovis are the project development management firm for the project.
The character and design of Durrat Al Bahrain reflects the highest quality of design principles in every corner of the project. Thus the decision to fit out the bathrooms with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware was just a continuation of the high quality standards.
Asked for their reasons to choose Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware for the bathrooms a spokesperson from Atkins said:
“At Atkins we share a common passion for perfection. In striving for this, the demands on the design are closely linked to the time, location and culture. At Durrat Al Bahrain that meant the creation of a simple, clean and modern design amidst the ever changing and moving waters of the Arabian Sea. This aspect needed to be reflected especially in the bathrooms.
“Though Villeroy & Boch has an enviable track record in the region when it comes to supplying hotels and projects, the Durrat Al Bahrain project has been another milestone for us and in our partnership with Al Sayyar Trading, the well established sanitary ware supplier that is our exclusive partner in Bahrain.”, said Thorsten Bies, Regional Manager of Villeroy & Boch Middle East’s bathroom and wellness division. Al Sayyar Trading signed the deal with Durrat Al Bahrain in 2008 to supply the exclusive German ceramics for the first 1000 villas on “The Islands”.
‘The Islands’ consist of 5 petal-shaped islands and 6 atoll-shaped islands that house luxury residential villas, gardens and beaches in an enchanting setting offering a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Designed in two circular rows, The Islands are a glorious visual treat and undoubtedly the crown jewel of the Durrat Al Bahrain development. A total of 2,000 lavish villas of varying sizes and styles adorn the islands with privileged lifestyle options like private beaches, marina and boat moorings, lush gardens and breathtaking sea views. Villeroy & Boch supplies these villas with washbasins, toilets, bidets and bathtubs of its contemporary ranges Subway, Pure Basic and Sunberry. For the premium type villas the designers chose the Nexion bathtub with its curving design and elegantly-shaped panel, a shape only possible thanks to the high-tech material Quaryl®, a unique quality material available exclusively from Villeroy & Boch.
Upon completion, Durrat Al Bahrain will be the region’s most prominent seaside resort city, capable of accommodating 60,000 residents and up to 4,500 daily visitors, putting Bahrain on the upscale tourism map and setting a new standard for urban development in the Kingdom.
Land reclamation of the Durrat Marina islands, part of the luxury Durrat al Bahrain residential resort, has been completed ahead of schedule.
Over 5m cubic meters of material has been reclaimed in just 24 months to create the three new islands now ready for development.
Designed by Atkins, the 400-berth marina will become a vibrant hub for the South East area of the Kingdom. Intended as a truly mixed-use development, Durrat Marina will act as a catalyst for retail and commercial development and accommodate young families and professionals.
One of the key commercial advantages of Durrat Marina is that the majority of residences will benefit from sea views and easy connections to public landscaped spaces, beaches, boardwalks and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
With the successfully handing over of phase I of the Durrat al Bahrain Islands to tenants well under way, Atkins was retained to continue as engineering and site supervision for the three islands which have a total area over 480,000m2.
With water forming the central theme, work on the marine reclamation and shore protection of the three curved islands necessitated complex engineering as the design looked to maximise sea frontages by incorporating canals and beaches. The elliptical shorelines are protected by over 600,000 tonnes of locally quarried limestone rock revetments and 150,000 tonnes of concrete quay wall edge protection.
Significant to the speed of installing the edge protection following reclamation was the predesign of foundations to accommodate predicted settlement within subgrade materials below the quay wall foundations. This method enabled the contractor to progress with construction on site whilst closely monitoring settlement of the completed sections of walls to ensure that settlement was within the expected limits. This method also meant that volumes of what would normally be considered unsuitable material could be left in place thus significantly reducing the overall construction cost of the islands.
Reclamation work on the Golf Course linked to the marina continues with completion planned for the end of the year.
Durrat Marina won the CNBC Property Arabia Waterfront Award in 2008, in recognition for its cultural and economic contribution to Bahrain.