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Swissboring wins enabling for Pentominium project

Swissboring, part of Italy's TREVI Group, has beaten five other companies for the enabling works contract for the 516m Pentominium tower in Dubai Marina.

Swissboring, part of Italy's TREVI Group, has beaten five other companies for the enabling works contract for the 516m Pentominium tower in Dubai Marina.
The tower is being developed by Trident International Holdings (TIH) and will rise 120 storeys.

The contract, which will take 60 weeks, involves the shoring, excavation and earth works, foundation piling work, pile testing and certification, dewatering work, site establishment and final clean-up.

Piles will be constructed to a depth of up to 65m to support approx 3,500m2 of footprint area.

"This piling and shoring contract gains even more in significance and complexity as it includes work on laying Dubai's deepest piles, at an estimated depth of 65m," said Wazir Daredia, executive director and CEO, TIH. "The most important element of any project is its foundation and given its challenging backdrop, it was imperative that we appoint the absolute best, who also has significant regional expertise, to undertake this assignment."

Hyder Consulting is undertaking the structural and geotechnical design for the Pentominium.

For the foundation of the Pentominium a full 3-D Finite Element model will be developed, incorporating detailed site investigation information, including specialist testing and preliminary pile test data. Hyder Consulting will carry out an assessment of the pile-soil-raft interaction. The tower has been designed by Aedas.

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