Font Size

- Aa +

Tue 17 Apr 2007 08:31 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Besix tipped for prefabricated skyscraper

Besix widely believed to be front runner for world's first prefabricated skyscraper.

Besix is tipped to win a contract worth around US $82 million (AED301 million) for the on-site foundations and construction work on what is set to become the world's first prefabricated skyscraper.

The prefab process, which will cut project costs and time, will get under way in Dubai later this year.

The concept has been introduced by Italian firm, Rotating Tower Technology International, which will build all 68 floors that make up its first rotating tower project at a factory in Jebel Ali.

The only part of the $330 million structure that will be built on site is the central core.

The process is estimated to shave 10% off overall project costs, while construction time will be cut by more than half.

"Only 90 people will be needed on site, which will reduce the risk of site accidents," said David Fisher, the architect behind the project and chairman of Rotating Tower Technology.

"The process will also reduce project schedules - it will require 18 months build time as opposed to 30. The process also enables the maintenance of quality standards on all parts of the building."

The tower will also produce wind energy through 77 turbines, each generating 0.3MW of electricity, and solar power, which could produce enough surplus energy to power five buildings in the area.

"I thought we should start building in a smarter way and consider the production process, including time, costs and trying to get energy from nature," added Fisher.

"The basic technology isn't new - it's used elsewhere in the world - but there are many technologies that exist which have not crossed into the construction industry."

The developer is Dubai's Merjen Group. New York's Lera is the project's structural engineer, while Greece's Kriston will be in charge of construction management and the UK's Bovis Lendlease will co-ordinate logistics, schedule and quality control.

The location of the project - which is likely to carry the name
Da Vinci Towers

- in Dubai is yet to be decided.

"It's going to be a landmark, so we want to make sure it will be built in the best possible location," added Fisher.

The long-term plan is to ship ready-made units from the Jebel Ali base to build replica towers in other cities including Moscow, New York and Tokyo.

For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.