Hill awarded two-year extension on Shams Abu Dhabi

Construction risk management company Hill International, has been awarded a two-year extension on Shams Abu Dhabi contract.

The announcement comes months after the company won a similar extension in respect of Etihad tower.

Hill, in a joint venture with 3D/I+PI, has managed the construction of the Dh25 billion Shams project on Al Reem Island. The two-year contract extension is worth Dh69.9 million.

Shams Abu Dhabi, one of the three projects on Al Reem Island, is spread across 14.2 million square foot and contains around 100 skyscrapers, 22 thousand residential units and a 10.8 million sq ft park.

At the entrance to the development will be the Gate District with six towers. The project when completed will house 55,000 residents.

Shams Abu Dhabi – a joint venture of developer Sorouh Real Estate and Sharjah-based Tameer Holding – earlier this month approached contractors to build the six residential towers. According to the Middle East Economic Digest the companies understood to have been approached include Arabian Construction Company and Multiplex.

The project involves the construction of three 62-storey residential towers, a 55-floor office tower and an 18-level residential block, which includes a 500-room four-star hotel. The towers will sit on a six-storey podium, which will have floors for parking, retail and a health club, and a basement.

Raouf Ghali, President of Hill's Project Management Group (International), said: "We very much appreciate Sourouh's continued trust and confidence in Hill and our project team.

Shams Abu Dhabi will truly be a world-class development and we are honoured to be managing its construction."

In a recent interview with Emirates Business Akram Ogaily, Vice-President of Hill International, said delays in construction work had become more frequent due to various factors beyond the control of contractors.

"Developers need to understand that several problems, including a lack of manpower, rising cost and shortage of raw materials and at times changes in design can hamper the timely delivery of projects," he said.

Earlier this year, Hill International was awarded an extension of the two-and-a-half-year Etihad Towers contract by Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

The original contract was worth Dh11.6m.