Sunday, November 11, 2007

Al Burj location

Nakheel's Al Burj skyscraper -which, it is believed, will go higher than the Burj Dubai - could be built on a plot of land between Jumeirah Lake Towers and Ibn Battuta Mall on Sheikh Zayed Road, Construction Week has learned. The project, which has also been referred to as the Tall Tower, was initially planned to form part of the Dubai Waterfront development, but Nakheel has confirmed that it will no longer be built there. The company is currently assessing other locations in Dubai.

"We are assessing various locations, but nothing has been finalised yet. The Al Burj Tower is the same as the Tall Tower," said a spokesperson for Nakheel. A source from foundation engineering company, Fugro, which is carrying out the soil testing for the project, confirmed that the plot between Jumeirah Lake Towers and Ibn Battuta Mall was one of the proposed sites forthe development.

Initial designs for the tower indicate that there will be 228 floors, a four-level basement and one service sub-level. The total built-up area will be 1.49 million m2, with 492,000 m2 of useable space. The development will house offices, apartments and hotels. The top habitable floor will be at 850 metres, topped by a 200- metre central spire with a three-level function area and three service floors, taking the building over the 1km mark.

Among the consultants working on the project are the UK's WSP, US-based LERA, Australia's Van Der Meer Consulting (VDM) and Olive Group.

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