5 Middle-Eastern builds constructed by Interserve
Construction giant Interserve is renowned for constructing buildings within the Middle-East which have provided increased advantages to the region.
The company has recently announced the win of several awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, highlighting their continued efforts to create builds which are safe, creative and advantageous to the communities in which they are situated.
By providing innovative solutions, in addition to successful collaborations with clients and key partners, the company has recently been awarded an £81 million project in a joint venture to enhance and develop the City Centre Ajman Mall in the UAE.
We take a look at five valuable projects Interserve has constructed within the Middle-East.
Qatar Airways 4* Hotel
Built from 2008 – 2010, the Qatar Airways 4* Hotel is situated at Doha Airport, incorporating over 400 rooms, lobby, restaurants and health and fitness facilities.
Concrete and steel are the dominant building materials, with over 20,000m3 concrete and 3,000mt of steel incorporated within its construction, in addition to aluminium within the building’s exterior.
Taking two years to build, the malls comprise of over a hundred shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Dubai Mall has also included an aquarium and zoo, ice rink and ski-slope for visitors to enjoy.
Currently home to the largest double-glazed skylight worldwide, the The Mall of the Emirates is now to be extended by Interserve in a new project, strengthening the region’s infrastructure and transport links.
Cairo’s Mall of Egypt
Not to be outdone, Cairo selected Interserve and Besix Oracom in a joint venture in the construction of a Mall within Egypt. Interserve supported the build through the utilisation of their equipment business RMD Kwikform, successfully working alongside contractors to ensure the project’s success.
Similar to the Dubai Mall, tourists and locals can enjoy the implemented ski slope, which was complex to construct, but steel supports have been utilised to ensure safety and sustainability.
The complex Gas to Liquids project, built in a partnership with Qatar-based Madina Group highlights Interserve’s construction and engineering expertise, winning several awards.
Askghai – 3 new schools
Interserve were selected to construct, develop and upkeep the building of three new schools within Qatar, completed successfully in 2012.
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Research reveals 164% rise in searches for loft conversions
Market research conducted by building supply specialist Insulation4Less has revealed that searches for ‘Loft Conversions’ rose by a staggering 164% between May and June of this year, while searches for ‘Loft Conversion Ideas’ jumped by 186% as people spend more time on home renovations this summer.
The company also found that the most popular use for a loft conversion is for an additional bedroom, while an extra bathroom was the second-highest search term. Walk-in wardrobes came in third, beating out a home office in fourth while converting a loft into a home cinema round off the top five.
According to a recent study, a loft conversion can add roughly 20% to the value of a property. With the average UK house price standing at £267,000 in January 2021, this represents an average increase in value of more than £53,400.
Johnpaul Manning, Managing Director of Insulation4Less, said: “If the last year has taught us anything, it's that having space is essential to our mental health and wellbeing, so it's no surprise that people are taking the time to focus on home improvements to help them make the most of their home.
As one of the most under-utilised areas in any property, loft conversions represent a great opportunity to maximise the use of space that not only improves quality of life but also has the capacity to add value to the home”, he said.
Manning added that it's important to remember that a loft conversion isn't just your average DIY project, and should never be done on the spur of the moment. “A significant amount of planning needs to happen to make it a reality, and an understanding that life can be disrupted while the build is taking place.
“While it's definitely a worthwhile project, I'd recommend that anyone considering a loft conversion should do some in-depth research to really understand what's needed to make it a reality”, Manning said.
Is Your Loft Suitable For a Conversion?
While loft conversions do look amazing and add an extra element to a property, not all homes may be suitable. Insulation4Less says that this is due to a variety of factors.
“It's important to make sure that your roof is structurally sound enough to handle a conversion”, the company said. Although there are different types of roof structures, they mostly fall into two distinct categories: a traditional roof, and a trussed roof.
A traditional roof: was typically found in pre-1960s houses. Rafters on traditional roofs run along its edges, leaving a good amount of free space. However, they might still need new or extra support. Trussed roofs, on the other hand, have ‘W’ shaped rafters that support the roof and the floor structure. Even though truss roofs may appear to be harder to convert, it’s not impossible; the ‘W’ shaped rafters can be replaced with an ‘A’ shape structure which creates a hollow space. While this can add additional costs, it could be a worthy investment, so take this into consideration during your planning process.
“Another thing to consider is the roof's height and pitch, and how that will impact the amount of space you’ll have. You’ll need a minimum height of 2.2m to ensure proper clearance. While you might be happy to settle for something a little shorter on paper, make sure your happy with the height you have and the effect it could have on the enjoyment of the space”, Insulation4Less advises.
The company recommends doing research before going to an architect or contractor. “Ultimately, look for other conversions on your street or in similar properties, and if you feel comfortable, ask if you can have a look and discuss how their project came together - you’ll find a wealth of information that could really help your own project in the future”.
Information credit: Insulation4Less.