EC Harris, the leading international Built Asset Consultancy, has been appointed by the Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) to act as lead technical advisors on a major development project on Failaka Island, a resort in the Persian Gulf 20km to the east of Kuwait City.
EC Harris will form part of a consortium on this project working alongside several other firms including the WSP Group, Abu Dhabi National Properties, Knight Frank, Pinsent Masons and Asar-Al Ruwayeh & Partners. This consortium will be led by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
The PTB is an advisory board that identifies potential PPP developmental projects in the State of Kuwait and then works with third party organizations to develop the business case to encourage private sector firms to invest.
The Failaka Island project is one example of this approach and in this instance the PTB is seeking funding and delivery partners for a mixed use development scheme that could include hotels, shopping centres, office space, education schemes and high-end health and leisure facilities. The project forms part of a wider framework entitled Vision Kuwait 2035 that is aiming to turn Kuwait into a regional economic powerhouse and a world class business, leisure and tourism destination.
EC Harris will act as the lead technical advisors on the development of the master plan, delivery strategy and business plan. The commission will span 27 months however for the first six months the firm will focus on Strategic Research and Economic Analysis, Cost & Commercial Management, Facilities Management, Operations & Maintenance and Risk Analysis. EC Harris will also provide consulting advice on how to ensure sustainable practices are embedded in the design and construction phases so that the island’s overall carbon footprint is kept to a minimum.
Terry Tommason, EC Harris Location Leader for Qatar said: “We are delighted to be working with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and the PTB on such an exciting project in a rapidly developing market. The consortium and the PTB are taking an innovative approach to ensuring the deliverability of this landmark development. This will truly be a class leading model for the region”.
About EC Harris
EC Harris is an international Built Asset Consultancy, advising clients in the planning and execution of strategies that deliver the best results from money spent on their built assets. The firm has 40 offices in 28 countries employing over 3,000 people worldwide. Group revenue in 2009/10 was US$432m. For further information visit http://www.echarris.com/
In Asia Pacific, EC Harris has over 450 highly-trained professionals based in the region, and has operations in eight markets including China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.