Msheireb Properties , Qatar's leading sustainable real estate developer, has appointed Qatari Arabian Construction Co WLL (QACC ) as the main building contractor responsible for a key section of the master plan of Msheireb Downtown Doha development.
Under the terms of the agreement, valued at QR330m ($90.5 million), QACC will undertake restoration and construction work in the Heritage Quarter within Phase 1A of the project.
The contract involves restoring four historical houses, known as the 'Heritage Houses', renovating the Eid Prayer Ground and building the Juma Masjid dating back to the first decade of the last century.
The restored Heritage Houses — Jalmood House, Company House, Mohamed Bin Jassim House and Al Radwani House — will be the centerpiece of the quarter, creating an important cultural destination within the Msheireb project.
The four courtyard houses, including the family house of Mohammed bin Jassim, son of the founder of modern Qatar, will be converted into museums, cultural centers and exhibition buildings.
In the process, they will bring back significant aspects of Qatar's history and shared memories.
The renovation and construction contract also includes landscaping and paving works throughout the Heritage Quarter, located in the northeast section of Msheireb Downtown Doha.
Covering 110,000 square meters of gross floor area, Phase 1A also incorporates the Diwan Amiri Quarter, the Amiri Guard residences and the Qatar National Archive.
"This contract is a major component of the regeneration of downtown Doha," said Mohammad Al Marri, Chief Officer for Design and Delivery at Msheireb Properties .
Built on a 31-hectare site, it will revive the old commercial center of Qatar's capital, using advanced technologies and processes in sustainable development and traditional building practices and architectural designs.
Described as the world's first sustainable regeneration of a downtown area in a major city, the project will comprise an integrated master plan of residential, commercial, hospitality and leisure attractions aimed at local residents and the growing number of international visitors to Qatar.