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Site visit: Imperial Avenue, Dubai

by Jochebed Menon on May 20, 2017


Imperial Avenue, a G+45-storey high-rise, consists of 424 residential units.
Imperial Avenue, a G+45-storey high-rise, consists of 424 residential units.

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Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) is best known in the Middle East as a builder rather than a real estate developer. With its first real estate venture outside India, SP is introducing a $354m (AED1.3bn) high-end luxury residential tower in Business Bay, Dubai, with views of the Burj Khalifa.

Imperial Avenue, its G+45-storey high-rise, consists of 424 residential units comprising six villas, eight penthouses, and 410 apartments, as well as 1,930m2 of retail space and bespoke amenities.

The villas are located on the podium level of the tower, above five levels of parking. Of the six villas, two are three-bedroom units, two have four-bedrooms, and two have five. The four- and five-bedroom villas include private swimming pools, as well as private elevators at the podium level, ferrying vehicles to private car parks within the villas.

One-, two, three-, and four-bedroom apartments are available, in sizes starting at 80m2 for a one-bedroom, while the two-bedroom apartments will start at 130m2. The three-bedroom apartments will be constructed to a size of 190m2, four-bedroom units to 475m2, and the five-bedroom penthouses will cover an area of 537m2.

Jacob Joby Varghese, director –development at Shapoorji Paloonji International Property Developers, SP’s real estate arm, says: “Our apartments are larger in size as far as the district is concerned. We are 20% bigger than what is being offered in the neighbourhood, which makes our development an ideal end-user product. It is created in a way that gives the end-user priority.”

Upon completion, the 198m-high Imperial Avenue will be Shapoorji Pallonji’s first fully owned international property. It will boast a total built-up area of 13.47ha with a carpet area, or net sellable area, of 7.46ha. The plot area covers a total of 8,881m2.

When Construction Week paid a visit to the Imperial Avenue site, 15% of the project work had been completed. The early works contract had been awarded to Bauer, which was also in charge of the excavation and piling works. Bauer began the piling and shoring works in October 2016, and completed its package in January 2017, according to Varghese.

Currently, the ground floor work is being carried out, and the raft work was completed recently. SP expects the main structural works to conclude by June 2018, and the handover is scheduled for 7 December, 2019.

Main construction work, valued at $158m (AED581m), began in February 2017 and is expected to be completed in September 2019, says Varghese. Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast, SP’s regional subsidiary, is the main contractor on the project, while Arch Group has been appointed as the engineering and project consultant.

“Arch Group, architects of the 355m-tall JW Marriott Marquis and Taj Exotica on Palm Jumeirah, has also designed the building. It was initially designed to resemble a boomerang,” Varghese notes.

With a lobby area of 930m2, Varghese tells CW that, once it’s completed, Imperial Avenue will boast a very large entrance for a residential tower. The building will offer amenities across three floors. Floor six, which is the podium level, will consist of a children’s outdoor play area, landscaped gardens, and a pond.



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