By Conrad Egbert
Diamond developers opt for fast track foundations schedule on US $200m development
Groundworks specialist Stromeck has picked up the deep foundation, piling and shoring package on the four remaining Marina Diamond towers in Dubai.
The contractor has already completed the construction of the first two towers of the US $200 million (AED740 million) development. It is understood that the four remaining contracts have been let in one batch in order to speed up the overall construction timetable.
Deep foundation works on Marina Diamond Three and Four will start in June and July, and will continue onto buildings Five and Six in August and September. Stromeck general manager, Ahmed Derbala, said: “The scope of the contract includes piling and shoring, as well as deep foundations.“We will construct a retaining wall for the basements which will be on two levels, so we will need to excavate down to between minus 8.5 to 9 m.”
Foundation works on each of the four towers is reckoned to take in the region of 45 days, but the work will be staggered to overlap.
According to Diamond Investments’ general manager, Faris Saeed: “In recognition of Stromeck’s successful involvement in the first two towers, we selected the firm in preference to its major competitors, to complete the initial construction phases of the entire Marina Diamond family.”
Belhasa and Sun Engineering have been awarded the main construction packages on the first two towers in the development, and an award for the third tower is expected imminently.
However, it is understood that building permits have yet to be secured for the remaining towers. There are over 60 property developers currently active at Dubai Marina.
Diamond Investments is the second largest developer, in terms of the number of projects under construction.