Kingdom wins big contract for Bahrain luxury development


Bahrain-based Kingdom Group has secured a major contract from Orchid Building Contracting to supply building materials for the construction of a 41-storey freehold luxury project, Spiral Orchid Residence, coming up at Water Garden City in Seef District.

Bahrain-based Kingdom Group has signed a major deal to supply building materials for the construction of the 41-storey Spiral Orchid Residence in Water Garden City in Seef District with the contractor Orchid Building Contracting.

As per the 18-month contract valued at BD2.5 million ($6.6 million), a number of companies under the umbrella of the Kingdom Group will supply a range of materials that they produce as a package, including readymix concrete, blocks such as standard as well as autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) blocks besides cement and washed sand for the construction of the prestigious tower, which is owned by Orchid Developers.

The contract was signed by Dr Bashar Ahmadi, the Owner of Orchid Building Contracting as well as Orchid Developers, and Abdulla Shehabi, the Managing Director of Kingdom Group, a leading building materials manufacturer and supplier.

Commenting on Kingdom Group’s latest success, Shehabi told Gulf Construction: “Having set a benchmark for standards of building materials with our supply contract for the United Tower in Bahrain Bay, we have been keenly looking at participating in the most prestigious projects in the country – particularly mega developments or special high-rises - to reinforce the Kingdom Group’s brand image."

"We track projects right from the time building permits are issued and follow up until the projects reach the procurement stage," he stated.

“This is one of the biggest projects Bahrain has seen in the past two years and we were determined to secure this contract,” he added.

The Spiral Orchid Residence is a luxury residential building with a unique spiral architectural style, which enfolds a total built-up area of 64,000 sq m.

The freehold property, which is also open to expatriate investors, will comprise 364 residential units most of which are seafacing. Residents will enjoy access to the beach and will be in close proximity to Bahrain City Centre and the restaurants at Water Garden City.

The tower will provide a host of amenities including a mini golf course, indoor/outdoor pool, cinema, indoor/outdoor kids playground, squash court, volleyball court, mini-basketball court, bowling facilities, gymnasiums and sauna/steam rooms, games room and Jacuzzi.

Parking facilities for around 395 vehicles will be provided on seven above-ground levels, said the developer.

Shehabi attributed the group’s success to the quality of its products, its competitive pricing and its reputation in the market for supplying high-rise buildings.

Another key factor was that Kingdom Group has already supplied one of Orchid Developers’ recent projects – the Orchid Plaza.

“This win reinforces our image in the country, given Dr Bashar’s (who has a PhD in construction materials) in-depth knowledge of the technical and quality aspects of building materials. Dr Bashar was happy with our services and quality on this previous project and we are delighted to work with him as this gives us a sense of satisfaction in our quality and endorses the class of our products,” stated Shehabi.

Kingdom Group achieved the largest concrete pour in the country at 8,250 cu m for the United Tower – and is now seeking the next project to break its own record.

The design of the prestigious landmark has been conceptualised by Dr Bashar himself, while Kooheji Consulting developed the detailed design and Global Engineering will be supervising the construction of the project.

According to Dr Bashar, the project is expected to be completed in two-and-a-half years and 50 per cent of the units have already been sold.-TradeArabia News Service