Barwa Real Estate has awarded Qatar-based INSHA Contracting and Trading Co. a $274.6m (QAR1bn) contract to oversee the first phase of a $412m (QAR1.5bn) Motor City complex.
The development will be home to used car showrooms, vehicle rental facilities and repair workshops in Qatar.
The real estate giant awarded the contract as part of bringing the Motor City (Madinat Al Muwatar) project, which was due to break ground in 2011, to fruition.
The contract includes building 60 car showrooms, 176 residential apartments for employees and 10 commercial shops and workshops, scheduled for completion within approximately 12 months.
Key features of the original project include 650,00m² GFA, workshops, showrooms, residential apartments and staff accommodation, as well as a hotel and motel, a police station, insurance offices, vehicle testing facilities, a medical center with ambulance station, a mosque, race track, pavilion, heliport and a Woqod petrol station is also planned for the complex.
Plans for the development however, were scaled back in 2014, reducing the size of Motor City by more than 40%, with officials saying at the time that the company would rent some 1.15 million square meters from the government for the project.
While developers originally said the hotel, insurance companies, government services, banks and driving schools would form part of the complex, these will however probably come in later stages.
Included in the project’s infrastructure are three electrical substations, internal roads, potable water, firefighting services, irrigation, sewage, storm water removal and CCTV networks and related services.
Barwa’s CEO, Salman Mohamad al-Muhannadi said in May that the company planned to build the development, located in Rawdat Rashid just off the Salwa Road, in stages and added that the company was looking to mid-2017 for the first phase to open.