Dubai's Damac awards $163mn Aykon City construction contract to CSCEC
Dubai-based Damac Properties has awarded a contract for the construction of one of the Aykon City towers, valued at AED600mn (USD$163mn), to China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).
Aykon City is the company's premiere luxury development overlooking the Dubai Canal, with the towers being one of its key features.
"This is a major contract towards the realisation of Aykon City, one of Damac Properties’ largest master developments in the heart of Dubai,"said Mohammed Tahaineh, Senior Vice President – Commercial, Damac Properties.
"CSCEC is one of the biggest contactors in the world and after careful consideration of various aspects, we agreed to the proposed partnership. The towers at Aykon City will be yet another iconic addition to this great city’s dynamic skyline, and we are accelerating its development by choosing the right partner for the job."
Damac estimates that the work to build the 53-floor residential tower will require 11,000 tons of steel and 94,682 metric cubes of concrete, with work set to commence on 1 March 2018.
This comes over two years after initial development of the 4mn square foot project, launched in February 2016.
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.