DP Architects tapped for Bahrain health island

DP Architects tapped for Bahrain health island


DP ARCHITECTS will now have its name linked to a unique health island in the Middle East, adding to the number of major projects it already has in its bag.


In a statement yesterday, the Singapore architectural firm announced for the first time that it is the master planner for Bahrain’s US$1.6 billion health island located in Dilmunia. However, it did not say how much the contract is worth.


The company completed the concept master plan for the health island last year. The reclaimed island will be the first in the Middle East to focus on healthcare amenities.


At 1.25 million square metres, the island is designed like a township with spaces for residences, retail, entertainment and recreation. It will feature a wellness hospital, a 216-bed women and children’s hospital and specialised medical centres, as well as spas, boutique hotels and luxury homes.


There will be four themed hotels anchoring the development. Each of them will offer spa treatments in different styles, complemented by restaurants offering healthy cuisines.


A plethora of residential options will be available, including office home studios, quayside townhouses and villas.


The Dilmunia health island is backed by Ithmaar Development Company, a unit of Bahrain-based Ithmaar Bank. According to the Bahrain Tribune, the company is aiming for a combination of private equity funds and sale of land parcels to fund the project construction. It recently awarded a US$69 million reclamation contract to Boskalis Westminster Middle East. Reclamation work for the health island project started yesterday.


DP Architects is also helping to design Resorts World @ Sentosa and the Singapore Sports Hub.


Source: Business Times

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