Bahrain's Majaal Phase II to start soon

Construction contract should be awarded by December 20.
Bahrain is adding warehouse space.
Bahrain is adding warehouse space.

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Construction of the second phase of the Majaal warehousing project in Bahrain is to start in the first quarter of next year, after a request for proposal issued to ten companies received nine positive responses.

The start of the next phase of the three-stage construction of a logistics hub, situated in the Bahrain Investment Wharf in Salman Industrial City, follows the award of a design contract last month for the latest stage to Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau (MSCEB).

“The tenders are out now and have been limited to 10 companies,” said Yasser Abu-Lughod, head of development at First Bahrain, told ConstructionWeekOnline.com last week.

“Nine companies are now looking at the pricing and costing of the second phase and it should be awarded by 20th December.”

Phase II entails the construction of a 13,000 metres2 warehouse, which will be divided into 1,000-metre2 units that will be individually leased.

This follows the construction earlier in the year of three warehouses – the first phase of construction – that the company is in the process of leasing spaces ranging from 250-500 metre2 to industrial tenants.

Abdullah Al Darazi & Sons, a Bahraini contractor, built the three warehouses. Abu-Lughod revealed that the tender for the first phase was kept local due to the relative small size of the contract.

Around 60% of these units have been sold, according to Abu-Lughod, with clients ranging from banks to pharmaceutical companies.

The three warehouses have fibresteel flooring to provide an even surface that can take heavy loads, added Abu-Lughod.

Phase III will see the construction of another warehouse, for a single tenant. Abu-Lughod said the company was in talks with a potential tenant in the shipping industry, though would not reveal further details.

By Ben Roberts, constructionweekonline.com

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