Phase-three construction of Bahrain’s artificial, 20-sq-kilometer Durrat island will start next year following a recent design contract award to the local office of U.K.-based W.S. Atkins PLC by owner Durrat Khaleej al Bahrain. Work, covering 800,000 sq m, includes 570 homes and associated facilities on the last four of 13 planned islands. The first two phases are in construction following the start of design in 2004.

New Island for Bahrain