The AED415m (£72.8m) contract was awarded by Asolouvre JV, the Arabtec-led joint hat has been appointed by master developer Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) to be the main contractor of the project. The other members of Asolouvre are Constructora San Jose and Oger Abu Dhabi.
The MEP work will be executed in coordination with Habtoor Leighton Specon and and is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is located in the Saadiyat Cultural District. Asolouvre was awarded a AED2.4bn construction contract in January to build the 64,000m2 museum, which is conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking the image of a city floating on the sea. Hovering over the complex will be a form inspired by traditional Arabic architecture - a shallow dome of 180m diameter, perforated with interlaced patterns so that diffused light will filter through.
Drake & Scull International CEO Khaldoun Tabari said: “The Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is the most anticipated and prestigious cultural development project in the region. It will be a showcase of artistic mastery and world-class engineering that underlines the vision of Abu Dhabi to be a leading global cultural hub. We thank the Arabtec Led Joint Venture for choosing DSI to execute this iconic project and we are confident that our partnership will bring exceptional value and solid engineering expertise to the international Joint Venture of this prestigious development. ”