Ramboll clinches four new MENA projects

Ramboll Middle East clinches four new MENA projects.

Ramboll Middle East associate director: building services Louise Collins.
Ramboll Middle East associate director: building services Louise Collins.

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Ramboll Middle East has clinched two new hotel projects and two large hospital projects in the MENA region, reports associate director: building services Louise Collins.

The first project is the new 200,000m2 Taj Halab development in Syria’s northern historic city of Aleppo. The development will include hospitality and entertainment, together with retail, office, parks and hotels.

“Ramboll has been commissioned to provide full building design services for the on-site hotels, namely the four-star 150-room Key Novotel and three-star 129-room Key Ibis. Ramboll is also offering design services for the convention centre that will inter-connect the two hotels.

“Due to the high density of occupation and significant visitor numbers, it is imperative the building services infrastructure is dependable and of excellent quality, with an emphasis on safety standards,” says Collins.

The second project is to provide designs for the new 285-room, five-star Hilton Hotel on Jordan’s east coast, overlooking the Dead Sea. The resort will feature seven restaurants, a spa and one of the largest convention centres in the region.

“Our building services design takes into account the location, which faces soaring summer temperatures and a high salinity. Durability is thus foremost to ensure that the structure can withstand these conditions,” says Collins.

The third project is a five-storey, 220-bed military hospital in Sharjah, comprising two residential buildings for medical staff, a mosque, emergency helipad, air-con ambulance garage, armoury, chemical storage facility and security gatehouse. The total built-up area is 75,000m2, with capacity for 3,000 visitors, staff and patients.

“Ramboll’s holistic approach encompasses all on-site infrastructure, from fire safety to site security, patient comfort and the latest communications technology,” says Collins.

The fourth project is the 300-bed, 95,000m2 Al Maktoum Accident and Emergency Hospital in Dubai. “Hospitals pose a high fire and safety threat. These risks increase with hi-tech infrastructure and potentially volatile medical stores,” says Collins.

The Ramboll fire engineering team was commissioned to produce a peer review of the fire and safety designs. It provided advice and practical solutions on how to meet international standards and obtain fire-authority approval, while maintaining the integrity of the architectural design.

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