Construction of Aldar’s HQ starts at Al Raha Beach


{mosimage}ALDAR Properties PJSC announced that it has commenced construction of the 51,000 sq m. of commercial office space on its mixed use waterfront project at Al Raha Beach. ALDAR Properties will establish its new Headquarter facility within this commercial space.

ALDAR awarded the contract for the commercial space to ALDAR/Laing O’Rourke, the Joint Venture Company that will deliver the project. Architects MZ & Partners conceptualized the stunning round design and ARUP have been appointed as the lead consultants and engineers.
ALDAR’s new HQ will be the first spherical building in the Middle East. The building will feature futuristic aluminium and glass exterior, underground parking, turnstile security, marble floors and walls and will ensure commercial elite building fit for 21st century Arabia. Also, the lift system will be impressive and efficient: the building will contain 12 lifts plus 2 service lifts, fitted with the latest hi-tech automated destination control elevators.

Approximately 110 meters height, ALDAR will occupy 20 per cent of the building and is now looking to lease the rest to multinational corporations looking for office space in the fast-expanding capital city of Abu Dhabi.
Ronald Barrott, CEO, ALDAR Properties, said, “It is important that ALDAR is the benchmark for quality commercial space in Abu Dhabi and the wider region. Al Raha Beach is the most extensive of projects and is the ultimate location for our offices and for our future growth.”
Commenting on the announcement, Michael Cox, Al Raha Beach Project Director, said: “The geometric shape of the building symbolizes unity, stability, rationality and modernity beyond the structure of the building. As well as providing ALDAR with a top-flight headquarters, we also look forward to welcoming other companies who are seeking offices built to high international standards.”
"The final construction will be a fusion of tradition and modernity, with complete intelligent building systems, providing ALDAR with a category A international office. We are delighted to have the opportunity of delivering such an iconic signature building,” said. Christopher Wilkinson, Managing Director, ALDAR Laing/O’Rourke.
The building is due for completion at the end of 2009. It will have a total gross floor area of 61,900 sq m. and a total net area of 51,361 sq m. and will form an integral part of the stylish business component, known as the Al Dana precinct, at Al Raha Beach.
The building will boast high floor use efficiency at 78%. From 9th to 13th floor the average footplate per floor is 1,600sq m. going up to 2,700 sq m. Rentable area ranges from 1,600 sq m. to 2,774 sq m. per floor, with up to approximately 41’000 sq m. available to lease. The signature project of ALDAR, the Al Raha Beach development will comprise of offices, hotels, residential and retail space, all of which encircle a large public marina.

Source: Press Release