The Heart of Europe development: Top 6 facts
Situated just over 6 kilometres off the Dubai coast will be the Heart of Europe development, incorporating six offshore islands which will focus on European countries Switzerland, Germany, main Europe, St Petersburg and Monaco. Take a look at our top 10 facts surrounding the development.
- Developer Kleindienst Group are behind the project, alongside Chinese firm’s JK Bauen, Wuchang Ship Building Industry Group and Sino Great Wall International Engineering, who will work in collaboration to develop the Heart of Europe designs.
- 14 hotel resorts and 2,000 villas have also been embedded, becoming a world-class tourist and destination area.
- The Dh4.8 billion project will have distinct areas of residential accommodation, in addition to luxurious tourist accommodation, such as 130 floating seahorse villas, with bedrooms submerged underwater, providing spectacular views
- Resort facilities will be located on the St Petersburg Island, with cultural events from the city embedded within the designs
- Sweden Island will be home to several palaces and will become the first island that has ever been climate controlled, with snow falling when the temperatures reach 27 degrees, in addition to controlling wind speed and overall temperature.
- The islands will feature tropical gardens, pools, lagoons and health and fitness facilities. Water activities will also be incorporated, in addition to the beach area.
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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.