Mott Macdonald wins Dubai Pearl contract

Design engineer snaps up phase 1 deal for services on $6bn project

Dubai Pearl saw swift progress last year.
Dubai Pearl saw swift progress last year.

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Mott MacDonald has been appointed detailed design engineer for the first phase of Dubai Pearl development in Dubai.

The engineering and development consultant will provide services for all mechanical (HVAC), electrical, public health, fire, communications and security systems on the US $6 billion luxury project. The company will also provide the LEED consultancy role coordinating all internal and external consultants towards LEED Gold accreditation.

Dubai Pearl is a mixed-use circular development comprising four towers of more than 70 floors, capped by a single three storey roof known as the Sky Palaces. It is developed by Pearl Dubai FZ LLC, a company owned by a consortium of investors led by the Al Fahim Group of Abu Dhabi.

The project has undergone changes in design in its six-year history, including changes to the lead contractor and the demolition and rebuilding of some of the original construction, though last year saw a sharp upturn in construction progress.

It will house 9,000 people and a workplace for a further 12,000, comprising nearly 1.86 million m2 of offices, apartments, hotels and shopping districts as well as entertainment amenities. More than half of of the site will be dedicated open space and landscaping.

“Dubai Pearl’s guiding philosophy is to re-draw the global blueprint for the future of multi-faceted mixed-use developments,” said Lars Caneborg Mott MacDonald’s project director. “The core theme[s] running through the project [are] work, play, stay and live, which will help shape a unique 24-hour environment where the feeling of community is as important as the world class amenities and luxury lifestyle.”

Caneborg cited the company’s local presence, “strong experience” in high rise buildings, retail and its experience on the green-intensive MASDAR City sustainability development as key strengths to winning the contract.
 

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