Construction on the $3.8m (BHD1.4m) Alba Social Center in Budaiya, northwestern Bahrain, has started.
Bahrain Motors Company has been awarded the main contractor to build the social centre that will be 3,783m2upon completion in around 18 months' time.
The three-floor building can accommodate 200 people and will provide social services as well as child, family, and elderly social care-related functions. The buildings will also provide a range of government-supervised programmes and training courses for different age groups.
The project is being led by Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, which awarded the main contract to Bahrain Motors Company.
The Alba Social Center in Budaiya sits on a land area of 5,772m² and is expected to be completed in toward the end of 2019.
The ground floor has both a reception and waiting area, as well as a family consultation area, social aid services, and a club for the elderly, with a multi-purpose function room and two training halls.
On the first floor is a range of woman-focused care stations, containing halls used for teaching housekeeping, handicrafts, ceramics, agriculture, sewing, hairdressing, and makeup training. It also has a multi-purpose hall that can accommodate 200 people.
Child and youth centres are the focus of the second floor, with two multi-purpose halls, a library, photography studio, training and children’s play areas, alongside a bank of computers, offices, toilets, store rooms, sub-power stations, an electronic control room, and a room to store electricity generators.
A carpark for the Alba Social Center will have 27 parking space.
Power-saving lighting, water taps with inbuilt sensors to minimise wasted water and heat insulation for roofs will be incorporated into the building as Bahrain aims to make its government-affiliated buildings as environmentally-efficient as possible.