Groundbreaking on project scheduled for 2015
Turner International Middle East, the Dubai-based branch of the North American construction services company, has been appointed as the project manager for the Burj 2020 District development by DMCC.
In a statement, DMCC said that Turner had won the tender because of its strong track record in managing and delivering large, complex projects in the region. Several global project management firms had pitched for the management of the commercial district, which is set to be the next ‘world destination’ for large corporate entities.
“By appointing experienced project managers such as Turner, we are laying strong foundations for delivering the Burj 2020 District, which will further drive sustainable growth for Dubai,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of DMCC.
“Turner has a strong track record in managing and delivering large, complex projects, while at the same time embracing innovative ideas and new technologies. Together, we will create the optimal environment for trade and enterprise with a world-class commercial district that brings together retail, residential, business and lifestyle services,” he added.
As part of its portfolio, Turner has delivered the current three tallest towers in the world, including Burj Khalifa.
“Opportunities to work on world-class developments of this scale do not present themselves often and we are honoured to be part of DMCC’s Burj 2020 District project.
“We are committed and ready to take the project to the next level by offering our project management services to the development of what will no doubt be a world class commercial district of the future,” said Ali Odeh, chairman and CEO of Turner International Middle East.
The appointment of Turner follows DMCC’s master plan design competition, which was announced in June 2014. The ground breaking for the Burj 2020 district is planned for 2015. It is being constructed as a result of high demand, in particular from large corporates and multi-business entities.
Once complete, the project will provide companies with a commercial property that offers single ownership, contiguous Grade A commercial office space in the heart of Dubai. Furthermore, it is being built close to metro stations, world-class cargo facilities, ports and airports that connect to more than 220 destinations around the world.
The district will also be home to the world’s tallest commercial tower, which has been named Burj 2020, in honour of Dubai’s Expo 2020 win.