Raft foundation laid in 24 hours for Damac's $2bn Dubai project
Enough concrete to fill 75 swimming pools was poured in 24 hours to finish foundation work on Tower B of the Aykon City master development
Damac Properties has completed raft foundation work for Tower B in Aykon City, Dubai.
Enough concrete to fill 75 swimming pools was poured in 24 hours to finish foundation work on the second of six towers in the $2.1bn (AED7.4bn) Aykon City master development.
"This foundation slab sets the stage for accelerating development at this project, and we look forward to seeing the tower rise up to complement the existing skyline," said the senior vice president of corporate communications and marketing at Damac Properties, Niall McLoughlin.
"Aykon City is one of Damac's flagship master developments in Dubai, and it aims to offer residents and visitors quality experiences, with an abundance of services and amenities to suit all ages and lifestyles."
Foundation work presented a "complex challenge" to the project management team, which minimised traffic delays on Sheikh Zayed road to just 24 hours, Damac said.
Concrete also had to be poured in a temperature-controlled environment, which added another layer of difficulty to the job.
With foundation work complete, construction can start on the main columns of Tower B, before more concrete is needed to create a slab for the first basement.
Damac Properties issued a tender for construction of Tower B in March 2018, and said it hoped to award the contract in May.
The appointed contractor will build a high-rise tower with 49 residential floors, 10 podium levels, three basements, and one floor of entertainment and lifestyle facilities. The total built up area will be 157,935m².
Aykon City has been described by Damac as one of its most ambitious projects in the UAE to date.
Launched in February 2016, the 372,000m² developments has flats, serviced apartments, a hotel, and office space overlooking the Dubai Canal.
It will also include the Aykon Plaza, an entertainment centre with swimming pools, a spa, beach club, cafes, restaurants, yoga and tai-chi areas.