By Orlando Crowcroft
Six months after Construction Week visited RMJM’s Silverine project, Middle East Architect returns to see how work is progressing at the Dubai Marina site.
It has been six months since the Silverine Twin
Towers in Dubai Marina
was topped out by developer Cayan.
Back then, as now, the project was defying the stagnant
market in Dubai
and racing ahead of its deadline, with the developer able to announced that
structural work at Silverine had been completed 90 days ahead of schedule.
Right now, main contractor Arabtec Construction is
overseeing the fit out of the US $173.69 million (AED638million) tower project,
which was due to be completed in October but is likely to now run a little
later in the year. RMJM project architect Eugene de Villiers explained that it
was the space, rather than the climate, that was holding Silverine up.
“We’re a few months from the handover. We are doing pretty
well with the towers at the moment but the podium is slower, and that is
holding us back,” he said.
The site was an inevitable challenge for RMJM and Arabtec,
with the location in the heart of Dubai Marina and intersected by two major
routes to and from the beach. This had led the contractor to use the podium
area of the project to store materials while working on the tower.
“It is a slightly congested site, which is why we were using
the podium for storage. Other than that it was a pretty straightforward
building. Very good facades, easy to procure and not too challenging,” he said.
“It also has to be said that having a good contractor kept
us on target,” he added.
Speaking to Construction Week in July, developer Cayan also
paid tribute to Arabtec, as well as to its dedicated workforce, which has
allowed the project to stay on target.
“We are dedicated and
we were one of the only projects running 24-hours a day with an amazing
workforce. Cayan promised to deliver an A-class project and Arabtec has helped
us do this,” CEO Kareem Derbas said.
Villiers added that the market in Dubai two years ago had made the tendering
process fairly difficult, with prices changing by as much as 15% week-on-week.
That said, the project actually benefitted from the crash that followed in Dubai and prices fell
“We’ve had to make some compromises, but the fact that the
market sank actually worked in the client’s favour,” he said.
Tower A clocks in at
35-storeys, while Tower B is 27. The buildings comprise one-, two- and
three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses. Linking the two buildings is
a three-storey podium offering two floors of retail outlets.
In the current climate, some may question whether there is a
demand for more apartments in the high-end residential sector, but in an
interview earlier this year, Cayan chief development officer Ahmad Kasem said:
“Over-supply and lower demand will never stop us from developing our projects
because we ensure that there is a need for them,” he said.
That's a nice project and really close to JBR promenade. I'm really thinking to get an appartment in Tower A...