Site visit: Sobha Hartland
Construction on Sobha’s premium, fully integrated, mixed-use community, Sobha Hartland, is on track, as the delivery deadline of Phase 1 Hartland Greens Buildings One and Four grows near
The Mohammed Bin Rashid City is a planned mixed-use community in Dubai, which has been labelled as the ‘new city’ within Dubai. The community is being planned to house more than 100 hospitality properties; the largest mall in the world, Mall of the World; the biggest swimming pool in the world; as well as master communities of District One and Sobha Hartland.
While District One is a joint venture project between Meydan Group and real estate developer, Sobha Group, Sobha Hartland is Sobha’s flagship project in the Middle East. Located off the Al Khail Road, 3km away from Burj Khalifa, Meydan Mall, and Downtown Dubai, the $4bn development of 74.3ha will comprise 264 villas, approximately 5,400 apartments, 80 townhouses, a clubhouse, two schools, three hotels, premium eateries, a retail centre, a spa, a community mall, and three mosques, upon completion.
Construction Week tours Phase 1 of the development, which include Hartland Greens Apartments – Buildings One and Four; Hartland Estate – 48 villas, comprising 35,303m2; 27 townhouses, christened Quad Homes, covering an area of 8,825m2; and the North London Collegiate School, which is scheduled for handover in September 2017.
The other school, Hartland International School, launched in 2013 and commenced operations in September 2015. Phase 1 of Hartland Greens includes two buildings comprising an area of 3.9ha, 161 residential apartments, and six retail units, and is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The developer expects residents to move in by the end of January 2018. Currently, across both the buildings, the structural work is almost complete, with finishes and plastering ongoing.
Sobha Hartland Greens comprises eight floors of residential apartments varying from studios, to one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, and two-,three-, and four-bedroom duplexes.
Of the 48 Hartland Estate Villas, 32 are four-bedroom and 16 are five-bedroom residences. Structural works on 12 villas have been completed, while foundations works are currently ongoing on 30 villas. Francis Alfred, managing director – development at Sobha, says that by the end of the year, the structures of all the 48 villas will be completed and handover will begin by December 2018.
The Quad Homes, which were announced in January 2017, will consist of four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and balcony, covering an area of 310m2 over three floors. Additionally, each townhouse comes with its own private lift, garden, roof terrace, and two-car garage. Phase 1 of the 27-townhouse project will be completed in December 2018.
With a backward integrated real estate model, Sobha boasts high standards across all of its developments. “We ensure that all our projects are designed, constructed, completed, and maintained to the highest level. We believe that when we do all the work in-house, with our own skilled and highly trained technicians, the quality is above par.
“We are known for delivering quality products. Globally, we have handed over more than 90 million square feet of construction and real estate projects. At Sobha, we ensure that our labour force is trained in the most advanced construction methods,” Alfred says.
The real estate company has its own construction and engineering firm, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), finishes, joinery, glazing, design, landscaping, facilities management, and interior design divisions. “Having all of these departments in-house means a high standard of project quality is always guaranteed,” he says.
The entire Hartland complex is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. Once complete, it will also boast nine high-rise, mixed-use buildings located beside the Dubai Water Canal.
Construction on Phase 2 of Hartland Greens Buildings Two and Three is set to begin next month, according to Alfred, who adds that shoring works have already concluded on both the buildings. Buildings Two and Three will include 351 units. Currently, enabling works are progressing onsite, and project completion is expected by December 2018.
Currently, more than 1,800 workers are employed at the Hartland site, with the number set to rise during the peak of construction activity, Alfred notes. To ensure the highest standards of quality are maintained across its projects, Sobha has set up a four-tier construction quality inspection system that monitors progress on a daily basis.
He explains: “We have four layers of quality inspection. The first team consists of a supervision team – foremen and engineers – followed by the contractors’ quality-control team. They come and inspect every construction activity through a documented process. Every activity has a checklist so, once the contractors’ quality team signs it off, we have the consultants (an in house firm acting as an independent consultant), who cross check the activity. Lastly, we have a German quality-control team inspecting every aspect of the construction process.”
Alfred adds that Sobha has been utilising a special waterproofing system to ensure that water does not seep into any of the structures, even if there is a leak. “We continually look at the latest technologies and right construction techniques, which can be integrated within our developments. One system we clearly focus on, is waterproofing.”
He continues: “We are currently using one of the most advanced waterproofing technologies in the region. It ensure that there is a double layer of waterproofing shield in all wet areas – kitchens and bathrooms. In case water seeps through the tiles, there is a twin layer of protection, which prevents water from making contact with the structure.
“One of the other vulnerable areas we focus on is the plumbing fittings. We install a clip system that grips the pipe, offering a leak-proof set-up. We are investing in these technologies and products as we want to offer our customers a world-class service.”
Sobha Hartland also offers villa residents a fully automated home solution and smart home facilities. Alfred elaborates: “All of our villas and quad homes will be fitted with fully automated homes solution provisions. These include controlling lighting, curtains, air conditioning, intercom, music system, and kitchen appliances. We will be proving basic home automation control – lighting, video intercom, and air conditioning.”
Already, 70% of Sobha Hartland’s Phase 1 and 2 has been sold out, according to Alfred. “We offer luxury living within the heart of Dubai. With 30% of the 74.3ha community enveloped in green spaces, Sobha Hartland is a premium destination for investors and end-users,” he concludes.