Louvre on fast track

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) is fast on track with what will become one of the world’ hottest cultural landmarks – the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, UAE.

This universal museum, which witnessed groundbreaking in May 2009, has now entered the piling works phase, which has been awarded through a competitive tendering process to German construction company Bauer International, and is on schedule to be completed in 2013.

This piling works contract constitutes the second sequential package to be issued for the Louvre Abu Dhabi since its groundbreaking. The first package of enabling works, also executed by Bauer International, was completed in January 2010 after 503,000 m cu of earth had been excavated to accommodate the base of the museum.

Following the completion of the piling, a sub-structure contractor will be appointed to build the concrete and waterproofing works up to ground level.

The tender for this was sent out in mid February 2010 and the contractor will be appointed in May 2010.

A main contractor will be tendered from March to September 2010 to execute all remaining works which includes the dome and cladding.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District.