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Flight concerns stop 550m Doha tower development

by CW Staff on Jan 31, 2012


Work has stopped on the Doha Convention Centre and Tower project.
Work has stopped on the Doha Convention Centre and Tower project.

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Work on the second tallest mixed-use tower in the world has been halted following fears that it could disrupt the take off and landing of flights in Doha, Qatar.

Once completed, the 551m, the 112-storey Doha Convention Centre and Tower project will become the second tallest tower in the world.

Recently however, the developer suspended work on the tower following the discovery that it would impact the takeoff and landing routes of aircraft from the current international airport.

The problem is expected to be resolved once the new runway  is built parallel to the existing one, approximately 1km closer to the east coast, on reclaimed land.

Mohammed bin Ali Al Hadfah, chief executive officer of Qatari Diar, developers behind the project, told the local Arabic language daily, Al Sharq, that once the New Doha International Airport had been inaugurated, the direction of flights would be changed.

Once this is done, work on the project would resume, he added. At present, the foundation for tower has been completed, Al Hadfah said.

The Doha Convention Centre and Tower project is located in the West Bay Area and will comprise of hotel facilities and apartments, in addition to retail spaces.

The convention area itself will be 100,000m2 in size, while the tower and centre will include 65,000m2 of gross office floor space and 25,000m2 of retail area.

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, construction on the project started in 2007. Design architects are Murphy/Jahn Architects. Structural engineering was carried out by Hyder Consulting, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Werner Sobek Engineering & Design; MEP design was completed by Hyder Consulting and Arup; while Turner Construction is handling project management.
 

The project is scheduled to be completed by Q4 2015.


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This is true. Current flight paths are exactly over this project area. It is a wise decision to delay the tower until ND

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Tivanka (Nov 8, 2012)
Doha
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DCCT TOWER
This is true. Current flight paths are exactly over this project area. It is a wise decision to delay the tower until NDIA is complete.

Robert (Feb 1, 2012)
Dubai

Really?
This sounds like a load of cobblers. How could the designers, planning departments, consultants and hundreds of other people involved have missed this at the design stage? Sounds a little fishy to me. I've looked at the map: the runway alignment is further away from the site of the tower, so how could this affect it more than the current runway?

DOHADREAM (Jan 31, 2012)
Doha
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SCHEDULE
To complete the tower by 2015 is a DREAM! Just have a look how long the new airport has been delayed! ANYWAY, HOPE THE DREAM COME TRUE! INSHALA .....


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