The proposed Heritage Houses.
Doha: Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable real estate developer, has appointed Qatari Arabian Construction Co WLL (QACC) as the main building contractor responsible for a key section of the master plan of Msheireb Downtown Doha development.
Under the terms of the agreement, valued at QR330m, QACC will undertake restoration and construction work in the Heritage Quarter within Phase 1A of the project.
The contract involves restoring four historical houses, known as the ‘Heritage Houses’, renovating the Eid Prayer Ground and building the Juma Masjid dating back to the first decade of the last century.
The restored Heritage Houses — Jalmood House, Company House, Mohamed Bin Jassim House and Al Radwani House — will be the centrepiece of the quarter, creating an important cultural destination within the Msheireb project.
The four courtyard houses, including the family house of Mohammed bin Jassim, son of the founder of modern Qatar, will be converted into museums, cultural centres and exhibition buildings.
In the process, they will bring back significant aspects of Qatar’s history and shared memories.
The renovation and construction contract also includes landscaping and paving works throughout the Heritage Quarter, located in the northeast section of Msheireb Downtown Doha.
Covering 110,000 square metres of gross floor area, Phase 1A also incorporates the Diwan Amiri Quarter, the Amiri Guard residences and the Qatar National Archive.
“This contract is a major component of the regeneration of downtown Doha,” said Mohammad Al Marri, Chief Officer for Design and Delivery at Msheireb Properties.
“At the same time, it highlights Msheireb Properties’ efforts to conserve buildings of historical value and maintain an emotional connection with the country’s past.
“It will bring to life much of the culture and diversity that define the Msheireb project while emphasising its sustainability credentials.
“We are looking forward to working with Qatari Arabian Construction Co WLL in the realisation of the Msheireb project’s unique architectural language, which combines advanced technologies with traditional building practices.”
Christopher Blair, Executive Manager, Qatari Arabian Construction Company WLL said: “We’re delighted to join the team behind this landmark project and committed to realising the highest standards of sustainable urban development.
“QACC is a local Qatari company and a subsidiary of ACC. “We’re committed to the highest standards and to delivering a project that matches the expectations of everyone connected with what will be the world’s largest sustainable community on completion.”
Msheireb Downtown Doha is a mixed-use development comprising residential, retail and commercial buildings, as well as hospitality, cultural and community destinations.
Built on a 31-hectare site, it will revive the old commercial centre of Qatar’s capital, using advanced technologies and processes in sustainable development and traditional building practices and architectural designs.
Described as the world’s first sustainable regeneration of a downtown area in a major city, the project will comprise an integrated master plan of residential, commercial, hospitality and leisure attractions aimed at local residents and the growing number of international visitors to Qatar. t