Atkins awarded phase 3 of Durrat al Bahrain
Atkins has been awarded the architectural and infrastructure design on the third and final phase 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 570 luxury villas plus facility buildings on the remaining four of the planned 13 islands. Completion of the two inner petal islands and two outer atoll islands, covering a total land area of over 800,000 sq m, will bring an end to the construction of the luxury residential resort.
Atkins began working on this signature development for Bahrain in 2004 and construction of phases I and II is progressing well, with a number of villa owners having now moved into their new homes. It is expected the construction of phase III will start next year.
“We have been working closely with our client, 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 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 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.