By Andrew White
EXCLUSIVE: 75-storey twisting tower project will now not be ready until December 2011.
The 75-storey Infinity Tower under construction in Dubai, which has a unique twisting design,is facing an eighteen month delay.
The $140 million skyscraper, under construction at Dubai Marina, will now not be completed until December 2011.
The Infinity Tower had been scheduled for completion in June 2010 - and is still listed as so on the website of the project’s developer, Cayan Investment and Development.
However, mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) contractor Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI) on Monday announced that the new completion date will be 2011. No reason was given for the delay.
“Work is moving forward and the new completion date of the project is 2011,” DSI said in a statement. “DSI was originally awarded the contract by Cayan in December 2006. The contract value is $39.4 million, and is for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of complete MEP works.”
Each of the 75 floors of the residential apartment development will be rotated by 1.2 degrees to achieve a full 90 degrees spiral, creating the shape of a helix. When complete, the residential apartment building will be the tallest tower to twist by 90 degrees, standing 330 metres high with 75 floors above ground and a five-floor basement.
The Tower, which has won numerous awards including best architecture in the world at the 2006 International Property Awards in London, is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merill - known for their iconic landmarks such as the Sears Tower in Chicago and Burj Dubai in Dubai.
The Tower will include a rooftop park, a health spa, a gymnasium, conference rooms, a cigar-room, a fully equipped nursery, an outdoor tennis court and other amenities. The main contractor for the Infinity Tower is Arabtec.
A Cayan Investment and Development spokesman confirmed the delay but declined to offer any further comment.
The original completion date was Dec 08, not June 2010; the delay is of 3 years !
Who are they kidding? And there's nothing exclusive about this story! The slurry wall of the foundation breached about a year and flooded the entire excavation requriing some heavy duty repair work! That might have something to do with it! But not only that, the developer has now had to price remaining apartments at a riduculous 3500AED per sqft to cover the costs! Nice.