By Sarah Townsend
GATH building is being touted as one of the most environmentally friendly in Qatar
An office block that is being touted as one of the most environmentally friendly in Qatar has opened for occupants.
The QR120 million ($32.95 million) GATH building – named after its owner Ghanem Al Thani Holdings – has completed after two years in construction.
Property agency DTZ has been appointed to let the building to a range of commercial tenants.
It is located among villas in the Bin Mahmoud district – on Salwa Road just opposite the Radisson Blu hotel – and was originally a disused old cafeteria.
The GATH building has been designed to be one of the greenest in Qatar. It contains distinctive fan-shaped mesh shades that run horizontally along the exterior of each floor and are expected to reduce the building’s air conditioning requirements by 10 percent compared to conventional office buildings, according to a report in Doha News.
Meanwhile, the hollow core of the building provides a “chimney” effect. Air rises up until it is trapped by the warmer air under the skylight, which contains the cooled air at the lower level. The cooled air in the office walkways will also flow down, reducing the cooling requirements on the lower levels, the newspaper said.
Total office space available to lease is 7,000 square metres, with 500 sq m offices being marketed at QR180 per square metre per month.
Edd Brookes, general manager of DTZ Qatar, said: “This is a beautifully designed development, offering units of a very high quality, in an excellent location where commercial tenants will benefit from a range of amenities.”
According to DTZ research, prime office rents in the C/D Ring Road and Al Sadd districts of Doha have experienced steady growth since 2013 and rents are likely to remain at 2014 levls as more office buildings come to market in Doha in 2015.