Iris Bay bids to go out by the end of the year

Indian developer, Sheth Estate International, is expected to invite contractors to bid for the main construction package on its Iris Bay project sometime this month

Indian developer, Sheth Estate International, is expected to invite contractors to bid for the main construction package on its Iris Bay project sometime this month.

The contract will be awarded in January or February.

The project, which will be located in Business Bay, has been designed by Atkins.

Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007 with an estimated completion date of December 2008.

Speaking to Construction Week, Richard Hay, concept designer and lead project architect, Atkins, said: “We expect construction of the 170m ovoid-shaped tower to be completed by December 2008.”

The 32-storey tower will incorporate both passive and active environmental features, and will sit on a four-storey perforated podium that floats over a double height arcade and houses retail and commercial space totalling 36,000m2.

According to the developer, its sustainable design will help towards developing a green environment, which enhances both the microclimate and total aesthetics. Vertical architectural fins on the exterior of the building are used as mechanical air intake and extract spoilers for the plant rooms, which are situated in the middle of the tower for a more efficient distribution of services.

Sheth is involved in a number of projects in India and it has one further building in Dubai – Iris Blue, located in Dubai Marina which is currently under construction.

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