Construction of the tallest building in Jumeirah Beach Walk is underway
Located at Jumeirah Beach Walk is the new tallest tower within the area, currently under construction. The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort & Spa will encompass an array of apartments and hotel, spanning over 250,000sqm.
Emaar Properties are behind the new development, alongside the Middle East Foundation Group, who have recently been selected as foundation contractors. The new development is set for completion in 2020.
Ahmad Al Falasi, Managing Director of estate agents Hamptons International said: “As the leading foundation contractor, Middle East Foundation Group has proven expertise in undertaking large-scale projects.”
“This iconic development has gained strong response from investors to the launch of the first homes - The Residences Jumeirah Dubai, Managed by The Address and the serviced apartments The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort Spa, and we are committed to its on-schedule delivery.”
Construction works will include over 20 kilometres of bored piling, with over 200,000 cubic metres of earth removed through excavation works.
The development will showcase stunning views of the nearby Dubai Marina and Arabian Gulf, with access to 100 metres of beachfront and an array of restaurants. In addition, the largest observation wheel is set to be included in construction works.
The tower will be split internally, with apartments on one side of the building, with the hotel situated at the other. A lobby will be placed centrally.
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Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director
The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.
Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.
But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.
Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.
"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.
"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."
Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.
According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).
Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.