Wednesday 27 May 2020

Linesight to deliver AXA’s new building by year-end

DUBAI, October 23, 2019

Global construction consultancy Linesight said work is progressing well on AXA Insurance Gulf’s first fully-owned building in Bahrain, and will be ready on time and within budget, as activity in the kingdom’s construction sector steadily picks up.

According to GlobalData’s latest market report, Bahrain’s construction market is regaining momentum after a challenging period of subdued performance, with the industry’s output value expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.58 per cent until 2023.  

Scheduled to be completed by the year-end, the new AXA tower – which is situated within the Bahrain Bay development - is a seven-storey commercial building complete with four basement levels and car-parking facilities.

Boasting a gross floor area in excess of 6,200 sq m, the building will be partially occupied by AXA and will feature purpose-designed office accommodation for the insurance firm’s Bahrain-based employees as well as a customer service centre on the ground floor, said the statement from Linesight.

The remaining space, approximately 3,200 sq m, will be available for office and retail lease, it added.

Ciaran McCormack, regional director for the Middle East, Linesight, said: "Recent investments in transport and energy infrastructure as well as both commercial and industrial developments are driving this growth as the government continues to diversify the country’s economy away from oil."

“Under Bahrain’s new Government Action Plan (GAP) 2019-2022, we expect to see more private sector investment in various development projects across the country which is predicted to boost both consumer and investor confidence in the region,” noted McCormack.

Located on the main island, 6.8 km from Bahrain International Airport, the AXA building will be of Grade A standard.

With sustainability a main consideration in the design, build and fit-out works, it will feature rooftop solar panels and automated lighting controls as well as being equipped with the most up-to-date security including biometrics and number plate recognition systems.

McCormack said: "Having worked successfully with AXA in Europe for a number of years, we were commissioned to provide full project management services for their new headquarters in Bahrain."

“Overseeing strategic planning, all quality and commissioning plans and contract and procurement strategies, we have also handled all elements of environmental and sustainability management ensuring the project was adhering to legislative requirements at all times,” he stated.

“The new building is an impressive structure, purpose-designed to provide a more comfortable work environment for AXA’s employees and significantly is situated in a prominent and easily accessible location in Bahrain Bay which is growing in popularity as a prime business hub and commercial destination,” said McCormack.

“Bahrain continues to attract large businesses from around the world, such as AXA, with the country working hard to diversify its economy and become a key regional hub for business, trade and finance. Furthermore, in comparison to other GCC member states, Bahrain remains exceptionally competitive in terms of commercial rental rates,” he added.

In addition to being the project management consultant for the new AXA Bahrain building, Linesight is also involved in the Al Sahel Hotel Development as well as overseeing the project and design management for Bahrain Marina, which when completed will include a 250-berth marina, a five-star hotel, a host of F&B and leisure amenities, luxury villas and a 600-unit residential tower overlooking the sea.

McCormack said: "Over the last 10 years we’ve witnessed significant regional business growth, underscored in part by our expansion into Bahrain."

"Our success in the country to date has stemmed from the close relationships we’ve developed with our clients, our service offering, the quality of work that we deliver and our in-depth understanding of the GCC and wider Middle East market. Clients have confidence in our ability to deliver their projects on time, and within budget," he added.

Linesight has a global reach, with staff located in 21 offices around the world including the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific and the US. It is currently working in 150 countries on projects worth more than $31 billion globally and $10 billion in the GCC.-TradeArabia News Service


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