£220m for Dubai building work

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Dutco Balfour Beatty Group, a Dubai construction group in which Balfour Beatty has a 49 per cent interest, has secured two key projects worth £220m.

BK Gulf, Dutco’s mechanical and electrical (M&E) contracting business, has been awarded the contract for the supply and installation of M&E and operational systems for the University Hospital in Dubai. BK Gulf has been selected by Dubai Health Care City as one of the main delivery partners for the hospital, which is expected to be complete in 2010.

Dutco’s Building Division has secured the contract to construct a new Novotel Hotel complex in the Al Barsha district of Dubai. This project, for a private developer, comprises three individual towers of 35 storeys constructed on a common nine-storey basement and podium section. Site preparation has already been completed and construction will commence in the second quarter of 2008. The complex is expected to be finished by the end of 2010.

‘Balfour Beatty has been an established player in Dubai for more than 30 years, said Ian Tyler, Balfour Beatty’s. ‘We anticipate further awards in the near future that will support our continuing growth in the Middle East region.’