AED3bn Mirdif City Centre opens on timeby Gerhard Hope on Mar 17, 2010
The AED3 billion, 196,000 square metre Mirdif City Centre has been delivered on-time, and with 85% of its 430 retail outlets opening on the same day.
The on-time completion of the massive project in is a major achievement for the region’s construction industry, said Majid Al Futtaim Properties CEO Peter Walichnowski at the official opening
“It is one of the most successful openings of any mall in the region. Once we started construction two years ago, we promised to open on 16 March 2010, and so here it is,” said Walichnowski.
“We have saved 20% of the total energy consumption through design initiatives embedded in the scheme. We have selected materials with a high recyclable content, sourced from sustainable sources, and have championed a market-leading 50% of the construction waste not going to landfill. This is a remarkable achievement, shifting the benchmark in the region up significantly,” said Majid Al Futtaim Properties vice-president, project management, Jonathan Emery.
“It is a fresh look, and a new addition to the landscape of retail environments in Dubai,” said Emery, commending RTKL Architects and principal builder ALEC for their achievements.
The project manager was Mace, EC Harris was the cost consultant, Mott Macdonald the structural engineer and WSP the MEP consultant. A total of 16,000 employment opportunities were generated during the construction phase, with 5000 permanent jobs generated by the shopping centre itself.
“There are many challenges you face when trying to construct 196,000 square metres in such a short space of time to such a high quality, and endeavour – and, in this case, succeed – to get so much of it open on the first day.
“One of the challenges we had not anticipated as we started construction was the pressures we faced as we started to build into a gathering storm of such a massive construction boom, and the significant inflation in commodity prices. That was followed very shortly afterwards by the backdraft of a deflating market, and the difficult, different challenges that brought to the project. But we managed to work through all these,” said Emery.
“One of the challenges we set ourselves was to become an environmentally-friendly mall. We set our sights on LEED Gold, and that is a really high hurdle. It is the first time in the region, and it is a significant recognition of the design implications that have been put into building this mall.”