Dewan says $1bn Reem Mall plans underway
Company is charged with engineering, master planning, architectural design, sustainability design and post contract services for the enormous project
Design work on the new $1bn Reem Mall project in Abu Dhabi is currently on the drawing board.
Dewan Architects & Engineers is charged with engineering, master planning, architectural design, sustainability design and post contract services for the enormous project for Kuwaiti developer the National Real Estate Company (NREC) in partnership with United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC).
The project will cover a two million ft2 area and include 450 retail outlets and 85 food and beverage spots. Reem Island itself will eventually home 200,000 people.
Currently at concept design stage, the Reem Mall project is expected to start construction in 2015 and open in 2018.
Yann Pennes, director of projects, Dewan, added: “As the lead consultancy and technical architects throughout the design, construction and delivery of the project, Dewan will work in close collaboration with RTKL design consultants to ensure the original design intent is preserved and fully developed into an effective end product.”
Dewan has offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, the Philippines, and India. The firm employs more than 350 architects and engineers, working on a portfolio of developments that extends across 10 countries.
UK-based construction consultancy Mace has been appointed as project managers of the project.
NREC's vice president for development, Shane Eldstrom, said: “Once completed, Reem Mall will become Abu Dhabi’s most exciting new retail, leisure, dining and entertainment destination.
"Working with a renowned delivery partner such as Mace will bring a new level of international expertise to our professional consultant team, and ensure that the delivery of the Reem Mall project adheres to the highest industry standards.”
Nic Alford, Mace operations director, said: “Reem Mall is NREC’s largest and most ambitious project to date. We are delighted to be trusted by NREC to deliver Reem Mall, which will make a significant contribution to the development of
Reem Island, a vital component in Abu Dhabi’s 2030 urban structure framework plan.”
NREC is developing Reem Mall alongside United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC). It is investing up to $224m in the project through its subsidiary, Al Arfaj Real Estate Company.
Mace is jointly handling the project management of the world's tallest tower under construction, Jeddah's Kingdom Tower, alongside EC Harris. It also has a proven track record of delivering retail-led schemes in the UAE including Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Deira City Centre malls.