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HLS's $70m Buildings by Daman work almost finished

MEP contractor expects project to be handed over in early 2014

Buildings by Daman is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre district.
Buildings by Daman is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre district.

Dubai-based MEP contractor Habtoor Leighton Specon expects to hand over its $70m MEP project on the Buildings by Daman development in early 2014, according to business development manager Demetris Christofi.

HLS’s scope of work on the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) development has involved the shell and core MEP works for the project’s hotel tower and the office tower sections, with the office tower already complete and handed over, and tenants currently in the process of occupying their offices.

The company has also undertaken complete MEP works, including fire suppression and extra-low voltage (ELV) systems for the podiums and basements, on the project’s 225-metre tall residential tower section which houses 322 apartments.

Both the hotel tower and residential tower sections now stand at 95% completion.

“The MEP works lie on the critical path of construction and are crucial to the success of the project, both in terms of time and quality. Special care has been taken through all the stages of planning, design development, construction, and testing and commissioning,” said Christofi.

“The biggest risk and challenge foreseen from the beginning of construction was the limited access and space for work in relation to the sheer volume of MEP installations. We were able to overcome these challenges through accurate planning and optimised utilisation of a 1,000-man-plus workforce, as well as through a balanced combination of just-in-time equipment and materials delivery strategy cushioned by extensive central warehouse stocks, ensuring that required materials were available at the required time.”

The Buildings by Daman project is a 60-floor mixed-use development standing on 20,440 m² plot of land.

The residential and commercial tower encompasses freehold apartments, offices, luxury hotel rooms, community areas and retail space within a 148,645m² gross floor area.

It consists of two connected towers, one of which is an 18-level structure that mostly houses office space with hotel amenities on the top two floors.

The other tower, partially overlapping the office tower, is a 60-storey building comprised of two structures interconnected by a structural steel link bridge with sky gardens on both sides.

This tower houses serviced and freehold residential apartments, and a 29-storey luxury hotel.

Both towers sit over a nine-level podium and basement area with automated car parking space, retail and community areas and green gardens.

Entrance to the building is through a “Glass Box”, which when completed will be the largest glass structure of its kind ever constructed.

Work on the project commenced in 2010 after Daman Real Estate Capital Partners Ltd awarded the main contract for the development to Habtoor Leighton Group.

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