By Andy Sambidge
Al Habtoor Group appoints Atkins to provide key services on three towers and a retail podium
Al Habtoor Group said on Sunday it has appointed Atkins to provide full multidisciplinary design services for three luxury residential towers and a retail podium on a prime site in the heart of Dubai.
The UK firm has been hired to work on the scheme which is a key part of the $3bn Al Habtoor City, a major new mixed-use development next to Sheikh Zayed Road.
Atkins will deliver architectural, structural, MEP and ground engineering design for the project, comprising two 75-storey residential towers and a third 52-storey tower, which will together house up to 1,460 apartments and 11 penthouses with exclusive leisure facilities for residents.
Each penthouse will include its own private sky garden and swimming pool, while the two taller blocks will feature a stunning four-storey penthouse incorporating more than 3,000 sq m of living space.
No value was disclosed for the contract but Atkins said it has completed the concept design stage and is undertaking detailed design for the project, with enabling works already underway. The project is due for completion in 2015.
Shaun Killa, Atkins' director of architecture, said: "This will be a landmark development for Al Habtoor. Its vision is to set new standards in luxury development, while ensuring the project is both environmentally sustainable and commercially viable.
"The launch of Dubai Water Canal has added a completely different aspect to the project, enabling Al Habtoor City to become one of the city's go-to destinations where people can live, work and play."
Principle design architect Kourosh Salehi said: "Our client's aspiration was for classical elegance with efficient contemporary overtones. In order to achieve this, our design inspiration was sourced from early 20th century art deco architecture.
"The need for high quality landscaping and public realm has also been of particular interest to Al Habtoor. Great care has been taken to achieve a harmonious design which responds to the immediate context and environment, in order to encourage greater public participation within this special setting."
Other components of the Al Habtoor City complex will include three hotels, to be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and a water-themed theatre.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.