Concrete firm engaged on Dubai Mall expansion
Structural is strengthening concrete for new Fashion Avenue
US-based specialist contractor Structural has a contract with Al Futtaim Carillion to provide strengthening solutions on the expansion of Fashion Avenue at Dubai Mall, already the world's largest mall in terms of overall area.
The work has been undertaken using carbon fibre reinforced polymer sheet (CFRP) and will wrap up in the next month or so, said Alan Gooch, business development director (technologies).
“It’s been a very interesting engineering challenge,” said Gooch. “The strengthening on most projects needs to be done at an early stage; it’s one of the first things that has to be dealt with when a structure is being reconfigured. And having our own design and engineering capability in-house is a big help when there are deadlines to meet.”
Dubai Mall will be expanded by 1mn ft2, with developer Emaar setting itself the target of boosting visitor numbers from the 65mn achieved in 2012 to 100mn. The company is extending its Fashion Avenue, which it said will contain "new and personalised flagship stores of the world's most renowned brands".
Earlier this year, Structural completed similar strengthening works at BurJuman Mall in Dubai’s Bur Dubai area.