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Contractors urged to go beyond 'shell and core'

Increasing building lifecycle trend impacts on contractor performance

Contractors are being urged to look beyond the 'core and shell' approach to projects, and consider total lifecycle costs.
Contractors are being urged to look beyond the 'core and shell' approach to projects, and consider total lifecycle costs.

Occupants and owners are increasingly looking at a 50 to 60 year lifecycle for buildings, a trend that is impacting on how contractors, architects and developers approach projects, says SAS International director Andrew Jackson.

Speaking at The Office Exhibition in Dubai,  Jackson said the focus is now on flexibility of design, durability, speed of installation, performance and occupant comfort.

“Meeting the occupant demands of a modern office environment requires careful consideration of acoustic control and space flexibility, along with low maintenance costs and product durability.

“These factors, including lifecycle costs and flexibility of product to meet the demands of occupants over a 50 to 60 year building lifecycle, are coming to the fore,” commented Jackson.

“However, with so many speculative office properties coming onto the market in the Middle East, and in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular, it is essential that owners are seen to offer the best value to potential clients if they are to rent the space quickly.

“One of the most successful ways of doing this is by upgrading the space to include ceilings, raised floors and services rather than just offering shell and core. In doing this, potential tenants can get an understanding of space flexibility and how their business could function efficiently,” said Jackson.

Traditionally, buildings are completed in a shell and core state only. However, if only one floor of a new development is fitted to these upgraded standards, this will allow tenants to visualise how the interior space will look. They can also move into premises with minimal capital costs and little interruption to their business, pointed out Andrews.

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