The Centaurus

The Centaurus is a mixed-use development project currently under construction in Islamabad, Pakistan. The project involves over 6.6 acres (27,000 m2) of land in Islamabad's arterial corridor, called Blue Area.

The complex is designed by Atkins, whose portfolio includes the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, and the Bahrain World Trade Center in Bahrain. It is a project of the Pak Gulf Construction (Pvt) Ltd (PGCL) in Islamabad. Pak Gulf construction company is a joint venture between Al Tamimi (Saudi Arabia) and Sardar Builders (Pakistan).

Besides serving residential, commercial, and business purposes, the complex is intended to symbolize the growth of Pakistan, and to enable it to host international conferences and seminars in Pakistan's capital city.

The $350 million complex is planned to have a 41-story, 7 star deluxe 350 hotel rooms, with two 21-story residential towers, a 25-story corporate office tower, and a 5-story shopping mall, which will cover an area of 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2), the mall will have a twin screen cinema and a food court. The complex will have a parking lot to accommodate over 2,000 vehicles. It is designed to withstand up to 9.5 magnitude earthquakes

A report by Dawn Newspaper suggests that the project faces an uncertain future as its management and the Islambad Capital Development Authority have developed differences over provision of utility services, resulting in withholding of payment. Other disputes include construction of a flyover near the building that has had an impact on certain designs of the project.

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  • The Centaurus under construction on 6 July, 2010.

  • The Centaurus under construction on 31 August, 2010.

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