Steel span installed on Atlantis development

The final installation of the steel trusses for the 'Bridge Suite' on Atlantis, The Palm, have been positioned and secured.

Atlantis: set for completion in 2008.
Atlantis: set for completion in 2008.

The final installation of the steel trusses for the 'Bridge Suite' on Atlantis, The Palm, have been positioned and secured. The two 75-tonne trusses, which extend over 42m were lifted by a 500-tonne crane during a two-week period and now connect the East and West Towers of the Royal Towers.

The positioning of the Bridge Suite completes the steel structure of The Royal Towers.

The concrete superstructure is currently moving through 16 storeys on the East Tower and 14 storeys on the West Tower and is on schedule to meet its summer 2007 completion date.

"Watching the Bridge Suite trusses being lowered into position brought back some sweet memories of 10 years ago in the Bahamas [where the original Atlantis development is located]," said Jim Boocher, president, Kerzner International, the project's developer. "The Royal Towers completely dominate the crescent landscape right from the moment you drive or eventually ride the monorail up the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah," he added.

Throughout the resort, development continues, the struts and track of the monorail on have been finalised, while the steel support for the Atlantis Station where the Palm monorail will terminate has also been completed, with the cladding of the station expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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