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Turner & Townsend sees return to health for UAE construction

24 Sep 12 Turner & Townsend has been appointed by United Steel Industries to act as project manager for the construction of a new steel rolling mill in Fujairah, UAE.

The project, which was initially started in October 2006 before being placed on hold in November 2008 following the global economic crash, is due to begin work this month. Turner & Townsend see the revival of the project as highlighting the return of confidence in the region’s construction industry, following sluggish growth at the height of the international financial stress in 2009.

United Steel Industries’ new steel rolling mill is located in the Fujairah Free Economic Zone in the UAE. It is set to produce straight rebar and wire rod for the construction industry and covers an site of 145,000m2, making it the largest steel rolling mill in the United Arab Emirates. Turner & Townsend will be assisting with the building of both the factory and office buildings by providing project management and on-site coordination.

The new steel mill will have the capacity to produce one million tons of metal-roll annually to be sold in the territory of the United Arab Emirates and exported abroad.  

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Turner & Townsend’s UAE project management director Joanne Stephens said: “The UAE was no different from the rest of the world in suffering from market decline in 2009 after the property and construction boom went bust, but the UAE’s rapidly growing and urban young population constantly fuel demand across the real estate, infrastructure and utilities segments of the market. It seems the construction industry is on the up once more.

“By specialising in the steel supplies used to fortify cast concrete structures and elements in the construction of houses and high rise buildings, as well as for other industrial buildings and infrastructure projects like bridges, fly-overs and tunnels, the manufacture of a new plant in Fujairah is a clear indication that the sector is returning, and Turner & Townsend is delighted to be involved in its re-start.”

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