380m tower construction starts in Dubai Marina

Construction began this week on what will be one of the world’s tallest residential buildings in the Dubai Marina.

Construction began this week on what will be one of the world�s tallest residential buildings in the Dubai Marina.

The 380m tower, called 23 Marina, will feature three levels of spas, fitness centres, indoor and outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools and optional house automation.

Unlike other major high-rise developments that are multi-use, the aim of the 23 Marina developers is to create a single residential neighbourhood within the structure.

Hircon International, a joint venture between the Hirananadani group and ETA Star properties awarded the contract of over US $134 million (AED500 million) to Dubai Civil Engineering for the 90-storey tower.

Substructure work was carried out by Swissboring Overseas Piling, while Hafeez Contractor�s from Mumbai, India, was the concept architect for the project and KEO International Consultants are the lead consultant.

Once construction starts, the project is due to take 33 months to complete with floors being added on a three-day cycle, according to Rafi Sheikh, head of structural department at KEO, who added that the building contains the deepest length of pile in the UAE.

“The concept of each duplex apartment with a private plunge pool with Jacuzzi and an

internal elevator in the last 24 floors is the first of its kind in Dubai,� said Darshan Hiranandani, director, Hircon International.

“It will stand high above the increasingly sophisticated landmarks gracing Dubai�s skyline, adding considerably to the prestige and reputation of the Middle East�s fastest growing city.�

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