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Atkins has been appointed to provide construction supervision services for Saraya Bandar Jissah, the company developing Muscat’s newest integrated residential and leisure development. Atkins will manage the progress of the infrastructure works on site and supervise the infrastructure contractor.

Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni, CEO of Saraya Bandar Jissah, said: “Atkins will provide a clear and steady view of the progress of the infrastructure works, a phase of construction on site that is vital to maintaining our construction schedule and also to the final quality of the development as a whole. We are pleased to be working with such experienced partners who bring with them specific project expertise as well as regional knowledge and experience.”

Good progress is currently being made on site at Saraya Bandar Jissah. The earthworks, the first phase of work on site that prepares the ground for infrastructure work to start, is nearing completion following 12 months of scheduled work.

The masterplanned resort community at Saraya Bandar Jissah was designed to complement the natural landscape and follow the contours of the mountainside enclosing the dry wadi. The earthworks phase prepared the ground on site and shaped it to the specified landscape architecture required for the subsequent infrastructure and superstructure development stages.

In its role, Atkins will oversee the quality of construction of the underground utilities including the networks for domestic water, irrigation, firefighting, sewage water, storm water, low currents, telecommunications and low and medium voltage electricity on site. This work ensures that the necessary networks are in place ahead of the superstructure works.

Marco Malpiedi, managing director of Atkins in Oman, added: “We are enormously pleased to be appointed as the infrastructure supervisors for such an important project as Saraya Bandar Jissah. We look forward to utilising our experience in the Omani real estate development sector and applying it to contribute to the formation of Oman’s next leisure destination.”

Saraya Bandar Jissah will provide close to 400 residential properties and two five-star hotels on a two million m² site bordered by the stunning Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman. Construction started on site with the earthworks in August 2012. The grand opening of the two hotels on site is scheduled for 2017.


For more information:

Ben Thompson
Head of communications, Middle East
Tel: +971 4405 9193 

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