Italy’s Salini Impregilo wins Kuwaiti residential scheme worth nearly $1bn

A consortium led by Italian contracting giant Salini Impregilo has been awarded a $955m contract to build a new residential city in Kuwait.

The contract, part of the South Al Mutlaa Housing Project, has been awarded by Kuwait’s Public Authority for Housing Welfare and comprises the creation of a 12,000-hectare urban residential development located approximately 40km northwest of Kuwait City.

The new city will give 400,000 people modern housing and logistical services, public and commercial areas, hospitals, schools and social services.

As GCR reported in May, US consultant Hill International is programme manager for the ambitious scheme.

In a statement last week, the company said it has a 55% stake in the scheme.

Work involves building 150km of roads, lighting, water distribution, rain-water gathering and sewerage systems, and all other necessary infrastructure.

Canadian firm Malone Given Parsons Ltd. (MGP) was the planning lead for an international team selected to master plan and complete detailed neighbourhood design for the new city. That team included Parsons Brinckerhoff, Deloitte, Kuwait Technical Consulting Bureau, according to MGP’s website.

The Kuwaiti parliament has approved a 2015-2020 development plan envisages investments totaling more than $100bn in infrastructure projects in the country, including the construction of thousands of homes, metro and railway networks and new refineries and industrial facilities.

Photograph: Render of a neighbourhood in South Al Mutlaa, Kuwait, by Malone Given Parsons Ltd.

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