Nakheel releases construction tender for new AED 16 billion mall expansion
Dubai is a hotbed for a number of world-clas...
Situated in Dubai, the Nad Al Sheba Mall will become one of the key hotspots in the region upon completion
Dubai is a hotbed for a number of world-class projects currently underway. The new Nad Al Sheba Mall expansion is set to be no different. With retail developer Nakheel releasing a construction tender, the project is aimed to complete in 2020 in line with Dubai’s Expo 2020.
The AED16 billion project will incorporate a number of facilities, such as restaurants, over 200 department stores spanning 500,000 square feet, health facilities and entertainment spaces for locals and tourists to enjoy. Situated within Nad Al Sheba, contracts have already been released for the first tenants who will occupy the building once complete.
Designed by architects AE7, the highly experienced company have worked in a number of countries, providing innovative designs suitable for the country climate.
Nakheel are also building over a thousand new villas in the area and cycle routes, providing an entire new community in the area, which will utilise the new mall and its services. This is in addition to the current 11,000 villas already situated in the area.
The company will also be undertaking the construction of the Deira Mall at a cost of Dhs 4.2 billion, which will become the largest mall in Dubai.
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.