Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai’s premier residential golf development and host venue for the Dubai World Championship from 2009, today officially announced the award of two key building contracts for Phase A of the property development.
A.N.C Contracting is building 99 villas within the Flame Tree Ridge community and 66 villas in the Fireside community. A.N.C Contracting has already mobilized to site and undertaken preparatory works in advance for the villa construction, which is now underway and on schedule.
Additionally, Al Naboodah Laing O’ Rourke Co LLC will construct the Whispering Pines cottages and casitas, together with the prestigious Norman Clubhouse and ancillary buildings.
David Spencer, chief executive officer – Golf for Leisurecorp, the owner of Jumeirah Golf Estates, said, “We are delighted to formally announce A.N.C Contracting and Al Naboodah Laing O’ Rourke Co LLC, as key contractors for properties at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Both firms are now part of the team delivering not only unique world-class courses but what will be on completion, the most desirable residential communities in Dubai.”
Chris Preece, general manager of A.N.C. Contracting, commented, “A.N.C. is proud to be associated with this premier development and looks forward to partnering with Jumeirah Golf Estates in the successful delivery of this exceptional quality project. The use of a partnering form of contract is a credit to the client in having the foresight to recognize the advantages of such a contract in the current very buoyant market conditions.”
Norman Haste, chief operating officer of Al Naboodah Laing O’Rourke, added, “This award is significant to us as a business, in view of the high quality nature of Jumeirah Golf Estates and its position as one of the world’s leading golf developments.
“The nature of the Whispering Pines and the Norman Clubhouse projects has allowed us to introduce a number of innovative pre-fabrication and other ‘modular’ construction techniques which will ensure the highest levels of programme certainty, quality and safety standards for the client.”
The first phase of villas at Whispering Pines has been excavated for foundations with underground piping work completed with construction on schedule.
The Norman Clubhouse, which broke ground in December, is also moving along with excavation for foundations now in progress. The 107,000 square foot cubhouse, will be home to an ultra-modern practice and golf academy, as well as restaurants, bars and a spa. The clubhouse’s sports centre will feature a fully-equipped gymnasium, tennis centre, lap pool and a leisure-focused lagoon.
To date, the grading of the car park and for the tennis centre is already complete and permanent construction works are due to commence immediately. The clubhouse will be fully operational by November 2009 in time for the inaugural Dubai World Championship.
Meanwhile, work on the Earth and Fire golf courses is advancing, with the grassing of the Earth course to be completed by May 2008 and the Fire course by August 2008. This will provide for two full growing seasons allowing for optimal agronomic conditions and superior playing surfaces ahead of the 2009 deadline date.
Commenting on the progression to date David Spencer said, “Progress is well on track to meet our deadline of the 19th November 2009. On that very special day, Jumeirah Golf Estates will welcome 60 of the world’s greatest golfers to the inaugural Dubai World Championship.”
The Dubai World Championship will be played on either the Fire or Earth course with the decision to be made and announced in November 2008.
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