Engineers in Abu Dhabi were this week cladding the central dome of the £400M Grand Mosque with marble as the project neared completion.
Consultant Halcrow is designing, supervising and co-ordinating the second phase of construction, which involves cladding the entire reinforced concrete structure with marble, gold detailing and semi precious stones. Construction of the mosque began in 1996 and was originally scheduled to take 52 weeks, but design alterations, a change in contractor and replacement of the consultant have all delayed the project. Halcrow replaced its predecessor in 2001.
Phase two is expected to be completed by September 2007.