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Bauer completes piling for Louvre Abu Dhabi

by Ben Roberts on Aug 24, 2010

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Bauer International completed piling on schedule.
Bauer International completed piling on schedule.

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Bauer International, the German foundation specialist, has completed the final pilings for the Louvre Abu Dhabi as work continues on Saadiyat Island off the coast off the UAE capital.

The company has been working on the site of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District since March to place 4,536 pilings, around 100 kilometres of steel and reinforced concrete pile sections, according to the Tourism Development & Investment Company, the state-backed master development in charge of a number of big projects in the emirate.

Lee Tabler, CEO of TDIC, said the company is “delighted” to see piling work near completion on schedule. “This is a significant moment in the delivery of this monumental institution as we look ahead to completion in 2013,” he said. “The next key milestone will be the development of the substructure beginning in the last quarter of 2010, along with the main contracts works.”

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first cultural centre to be finished within the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, and was designed by Jean Nouvel. The project broke ground in March 2009. Today’s milestone follows first package of enabling works, also executed by Bauer International, completed in January 2010 after 503 km3 of earth had been excavated for the museum basement.

It will be eventually joined by Guggenheim Abu Dhabi – which will be the biggest of its kind in the world – and the Zayed National Museum. Piling work for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has just begun, says TDIC.

The placement of the 1,400 piles for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be carried out by Al Habtoor/HSSG JV and is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2011. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi concrete works tender package is due out before end of this year

AECOM, the diverse US technical support provider with a business line in project management and has just purchased Davis Langdon, is among the other companies that have worked on the Cultural District.
 


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Hi Mike, I am a supplier of Bentonite for piling. We have had a real bad time since the recession has started. I was wo

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Nikunj (Sep 18, 2010)
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

Piling Contractors
Hi Mike, I am a supplier of Bentonite for piling. We have had a real bad time since the recession has started. I was wondering if you could help me out with some clients names who currently have a few piling projects. Let me know if you think we can work together.

MIKE SILVESTER (Aug 29, 2010) United Arab Emirates

APPLICATION OF SCALE FACTOR
I do hope that the Piling Contractors Land Surveyor made the neccessary adjustment for Scale Factor whilst setting out the piles. A very common error prevalent in the UAE which usually becomes a costly one later on in the project. Mike Silvester Survey Manager (Middle East Division) Warner Land Surveys Ltd


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