Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been awarded a QR1.06 billion (US$290 million) contract for the construction of Phase 1 of the North Gate Mall and Office Buildings in Doha, Qatar, for local developer North Gate WLL.
The project represents the first phase of the North Gate mixed-use development in a growing neighbourhood on one of Doha’s strategically important arterial roadways, Al Shamal Road (North Road), north of Doha’s West Bay central business district.
The North Gate Mall is positioned as a midto premium-development with targeted luxury attracting leading fashion, home, dining, leisure and entertainment brands and outlets along with superior office accommodation. Designed by Callison, the property comprises a number of unique spaces including the Crystal Garden, Market Street indoor/outdoor dining precinct, and Shamal Hall with its unique architectural features. The development will be serviced by 4,000 underground car parks.
Phase 1 comprises a total built-up area of around 375,000 square metres, with a podium comprising two levels of car park, a three-level mall and six, five-level office buildings.
Construction will commence immediately and the project is due for completion in March 2014.
HLG CEO and Managing Director, Laurie Voyer, said the new project further illustrated the potential of the Qatar market for the Group.“Qatar is a very important market for HLG,” he said.
“We’re seeing major opportunities across all our market sectors as the country continues its rapid development, and this is just one example of the type of work we are pursuing,” he said.
“We’re targeting a number of large-scale infrastructure and building projects in the country – such as the new Doha Metro and Lusail Expressway - and we see Qatar as one of our key markets going forward.
“We’ve developed a very strong reputation and presence in the Qatar construction market, and are one of the largest international construction groups in the country. “
“We are ideally positioned to capitalise on Qatar’s desire to deliver its world-class transport and social infrastructure program,” he said.