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Construction work on Le Carrousel began early this year with Moroccan contractor SOGEA MAROC tasked with Phase 1

Abu Dhabi-based developer IMKAN has made progress with the construction of its 10ha Le Carrousel, a mixed-use development project located on the corniche of the coastal city of Rabat in Morocco, having revealed that Phase 1 of the project will be completed in Q3 2022.

Construction work on Le Carrousel began early this year. Later in February a $81.7m (AED300m) contract for the Phase 1 was awarded to SOGEA MAROC, the subsidiary of the French firm Vinci.

The Moroccan contractor has been tasked with the construction of the residential areas, seafront promenade including over 40 retail outlets across the coastal development.

Currently, SOGEA MAROC has finalised the earthworks of the Le Carrousel project and has begun laying the foundation of the development. The project’s model residential apartment is also under construction, and is on track to be delivered by September 2020.

As per IMKAN’s construction pipeline, the contractor has marked on-time delivery of major milestones at the 100,000m2 project.

The news comes a month after CEO Walid El Hindi announced that he is set to step down from the role after five years at the helm. El Hindi revealed that his departure is based on “pursuing his own interests” and will remain as CEO of IMKAN until a successor is announced.

In line with its move to combat the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the developer has put in place health and safety measures. This includes equipping the construction site with all of the necessary safety and hygienic protocols aligned with local government regulations.

The circular design of the Le Carrousel project was inspired by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, whose work often includes paradoxical architectural designs of seemingly infinite loops.

Upon being fully operational, Le Carrousel is expected to create more than 1,100 jobs. More than 30% of Le Carrousel’s area will be reserved for green spaces, while 12,000m2 of the area will be dedicated for office spaces.

The development will also feature a 500-metre seafront promenade. It will also be home to a five-star hotel with 123 rooms and suites, and a mall with an area spanning 30,000m2, featuring 120 shops.



Source: construction week online by ranjue warrior