UDC awards contracts for construction of Gewan Island entrance bridge
United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island, has tasked Midmac & Porr Joint Venture with the construction of Gewan Island’s entrance bridge. The joint venture will undertake the construction of the cable-stayed bridge spanning 250 metres, which rests on two pylons 43m above The Pearl-Qatar’s Boulevard, connecting the Lusail Expressway and The Pearl-Qatar’s Boulevard to Gewan Island.
The bridge and the two pylons will feature motifs, decorative lighting, and rose gold finishes, which complement Gewan Island’s character. The construction works will kick off on November 30 and are due for completion by August 2021.
UDC also awarded KEO International Consultants the contract for the consultancy of supervision services for the main entrance bridge works, infrastructure works, building, and landscape works at Gewan Island. UDC President and CEO Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman, who is also member of the board, said: “The contract for the construction of Gewan Island’s entrance bridge and the contract for the consultancy of supervision services for the main entrance bridge works, infrastructure works, building, and landscape works at Gewan Island mark the latest milestones in the ongoing development of Gewan Island after UDC awarded the contract for the completion of the second phase of the Island’s marine works. The design and construction of this bridge will be a landmark and an architectural and engineering masterpiece after the completion of the construction works.”
Earlier this year, UDC awarded contracts for the completion of the second phase of the marine works at Gewan Island, and signed an agreement with QNB and Commercial Bank to finance the development of the island. The Gewan Island project has successfully reached approximately 1mn site working hours without any Loss Time Injuries (LTI). Gewan Island, UDC’s latest real-estate project, is situated next to The Pearl-Qatar, spanning 400,000sq m. Once completed, the island will accommodate 3,500 residents and a similar number of daily visitors. It will be home to 712 residential units, including 641 apartments and 20 standalone villas located along a placid beach in a quiet and gated seaside community, as well as 21 beachfront villas with private beach and 26 waterfront villas that are equipped with private pontoons for private boats, in addition to 11,000sq m of retail spaces and several multi-use buildings.
The island, which derives its name from the full-round, pink-tinted and perfectly shaped pearl, a symbol of Qatar’s maritime heritage, is designed to attract those seeking an urbane and vibrant international lifestyle. Gewan Island will feature a golf course, an air conditioned ‘Crystal Walkway’ outdoor promenade, parks, and green areas, which will play a major role in attracting various new brands to Doha. The island will also be home to entertainment facilities, a sports club, and a mosque.
The island’s design incorporates a number of sustainability features to reduce the use of vehicles and encourage walking and biking through dedicated pedestrian and cycling networks, in addition to roads connecting the Island to a proposed public transportation network. The island is also designed to reduce urban heat by incorporating green roofs, shading, and reflective surfaces.