The Kingdom of Bahrain is attempting to meet the housing demands of a rapidly growing national population. As part of the strategy, the Ministry of Housing, in partnership with the SPV (Sharaka for Housing Projects BSC), is constructing 2817 social and affordable housing units and apartments, including all associated secondary and tertiary infrastructure and landscaping. The work is split over two sites, and has been designed and developed to create neighbourhoods with a strong sense of community that incorporate the cultural and social needs of Bahrainis.
Working as client representative for both schemes, we managed the contract, managed and supervised design and monitored construction. We also provided guidance to the client during negotiations to resolve disputes with the SPV.
The project was awarded via a five-year concession agreement, under which the successful SPV is responsible for the design, construction, financing and operation of all 2817 units. Construction began in June 2014 and was completed at the end of September 2015. The overall end of the concession period is currently scheduled for mid-2019.