Dubai: Shapoorji Pallonji starts its first project
The enabling work is in progress, and as planned, major work on the superstructure will commence in the second half of January 2017
India-based engineering and construction group, Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) International Property Developers, commenced the construction of its maiden project, Imperial Avenue, located in Downtown Dubai.
The $350m project, spanning 8,881m2, is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Jacob Joby, director - development at SP International Property Developers, said: "We are excited to begin construction of the Imperial Avenue, which is expected to be completed in 34 months. We have started with the early works such as piling and shoring for the project, which will be completed within the next two months.
"Following this, work on the superstructure will commence and will be constructed by our group company SP Middle East, a division of our company with 45 years of experience as contractors in this region. This is our flagship project in the region, and we are leaving no stone unturned to make this an iconic project."
One of the key features in the project is a four-floor high void, The Window, located between the ninth and 12th floor, with landscape and infinity edge pool on the ninth floor.
The 25 residential floors above the void are floated with one-of-its-kind four metre thick post-tensioned transfer slab of dimension 30m x 20m. This transfer slab is located between the 13th and 15th floor, and will be poured in two layers of 1.2m and 2.8m sequence.
The enabling work is in progress, and as planned, major work on the superstructure will commence in the second half of January 2017.
The raft, substructure, and structural works till the first floor are scheduled for completion by October 2017. From November 2017 till October 2018, construction from the second to 35th floors is planned. The remaining floors till the roof are expected to be completed by January 2019.
The façade works, which is a major component of the project, will commence from January 2018 with an aim to be completed by April 2019. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), and the finishing works will be progressively completed during the period of November 2017 and July 2019.
After the final testing and commissioning, the project is expected to be ready for handover by October 2019.
Furthermore, the advanced technologies, with a focus on sustainability including renewables, featured within the project design are expected to help reduce the service costs by approximately 15-18%, while the 13ha total built up area of Imperial Avenue will emphasize on larger living spaces at minimal costs.
Moreover, this tower will also encompass 1,950m2 of retail space, which will include eight shops to further enhance community living.