Major construction work on the final phase of the £3.5billion Qatari Musheireb development is on hold, the Architects’ Journal has learned
The masterplan for the Musheireb development in Doha features more than 100 buildings for a range of uses over 31 ha. Several UK-based firms have won work on the huge scheme, including Davis Langdon, Arup, and Allies & Morrison.
Demolition works have been completed for phase four, which has been designed by HOK, Ramboll and Moessessian & Partners and includes building of retail, commercial, leisure and health facilities as well as further residential apartments.
But enabling works, utility diversion jobs and main building works are on hold, according to an update circulated this month.
Msheireb Properties, launched in 2009, says on its website: ‘The project Musheireb was created to bridge the gap between the historic Doha of the past, and the leading, global metropolis it is today.
‘This project maps what made Qatar’s traditional architecture and urban planning work well in the past, and applies what it has learned to for a sustainable and beneficial community of the future.’
Design work for phases 1 to 3 is completed or very well progressed. Contractors have been signed up for phases 1A and 1B, which include national and heritage buildings, offices, town houses, apartments, schools and mosques.
Contractors for phases through to phase 3 are expected to be announced this year.
Enabling works began in 2009, and are now completed on phase 1A as well as more than 90% complete on phases 1B and 1C.
Almost two-thirds of enabling works for phase 2 are complete, and a fifth of those for phase 3.
The overall scheme was scheduled to complete in 2016.
A spokesman said: ‘We are working in phases, beginning with Phase 1-A, then B, and so on. The project is on schedule.’