UAE-based Engineering Contracting Company (ECC) has been chosen as the main contractor for Nshama’s UNA project, a mixed-use building located within the Town Square development, Nshama's chief executive has revealed.

The contract was awarded in early April and includes enabling works, which will begin this week, Fred Durie, CEO at Nshama told Construction Week in an interview. 

“We have six contractors on site at the moment, two infrastructure contractors, and a couple of landscape contractors,” he said.

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The company has started mobilizing and is scheduled to break ground in May 2018. 

“They are mobilising now and will set up the site office, so next month they will start work,” Durie added. “There is no basement level, therefore there will be no need to do advanced shoring and excavation work.”

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UNA, a mixed-use development introducing the first ‘co-living and co-working concept’ in Dubai, is scheduled to complete by the end of 2020.

Durie also revealed that the developer is in the early stages of launching a second, 40 to 50 room boutique hotel within Town Square.

"We were thinking of introducing a boutque hotel, which we are looking at now and that may come earlier [than the Vida hotel]," he said. 

The complete Town Square development, which is being constructed in three phases, is estimated to complete by 2025.