Construction work has restarted on Gulf Holding Company’s $650m Villamar Residential Complex project in Bahrain after it was put on hold in October 2011 due to the global financial crisis.
Australia-based Windtech Consultants has designed the scheme, which will feature three twisted towers with 54 storeys, 43 storeys and 52 storeys respectively on a 32,000m² site within the Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH).
Villamar Residential Complex will include three design elements; the Twisting Towers, the Floating Villas and the Terraced Podium comprising 494 one to four-bedroom apartments, 54 villas and six penthouses.
The villas float four storeys above the ground within a self-contained building at the perimeter of the project.
The floating four to five bedroom villas will feature double-height living spaces, balconies and terraces offering views of the boardwalk and the sea.
The podium is a series of landscaped terraces extending towards the sea featuring landscaped parks, pools and water walls.
A health club and spa will feature on the upper terrace, while parking for 1,800 cars is provided within the podium terraces.
The project will include the Ocean Front Boardwalk, which will provide several indoor and outdoor cafes, restaurants and shops.
Plans also include a health club and spa, swimming pools, tennis courts and other recreational amenities.
Al Hamad Contracting first started the construction in October 2007 after securing a contract in May 2007.
In April 2012, Gulf Holding signed an agreement with UK-based Mace to restart construction work.
As per the deal, Mace will provide full management services from the beginning of the restarted development process through to design, construction and the final handover.
Supervised by John R Harris & Partners, the project is anticipated to be completed by August 2013.