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Tameer hosts competition for design of new tower

By Suzanne Fenton, Staff Reporter
Published: June 26, 2008, 00:03


Dubai: Tameer is hosting an internal design competition within global architect firm Atkins to choose a design for its new Dh5 billion mixed-use project, slated to rise 125 floors, on Shaikh Zayed Road.

John Zwets, development director at the Dubai developer, said the brief was to design a mixed-use, super-high rise project, comprising 125 floors, a 5-star boutique hotel, serviced apartments, 60 high-end penthouses, and a small retail area. The project will eventually house Tameer's global headquarters.

Architects from Atkins' Dubai, London and China offices have submitted three designs each. Construction on the final design will begin by mid-July.

K.Y. Cheung, urban planning and design director at Atkins China, said designing for China and Dubai is different. "China is booming faster than Dubai. But the quality is not quite at the same level. Relatively speaking, it's a poor man's requirement," Cheung said.

The China team said they are working on how to generate a form that is self-shading. Cheung said they have three building designs and are considering options of self-parking or using robots for the purpose.

Shaun Killa, Atkins design director for the Middle East and India and designer of the Bahrain World Trade Centre, said harnessing wind energy would be the key.

However, Tom Wright, head of architecture at Atkins headquarters in London and designer of the Burj Al Arab, said his team was focusing on solar power.

The winning design will become the Tameer prototype to be replicated in all major cities of the GCC.

Features: Focus on renewables

The total land area of the development is around 168,000 square feet on Shaikh Zayed Road.

The total built-up area will be five million square feet with one and a half million square feet reserved for parking.

In keeping with the design brief, around 2.5 per cent of the total energy generated from the tower must be renewable.

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maybe the one next to Dusit Hotel....
 

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yup this is on hte HRC plot:

Atkins architects in global competition to design one of world's tallest towers
July 2008


One tower – three architects – all working for Atkins – and all competing against each other for the job of designing one of the world’s tallest structures. It’s one of the most unusual contracts Atkins, the UK’s biggest engineering and design consultancy, has ever been involved with.



The developer, Tameer Holdings, initially chose Atkins from a global field of competition, but then decided they wanted a second contest. Now Atkins is pitting its best architectural brains against each other – with the winner being judged by the client in a kind of design beauty contest. .



The three Atkins teams vying for the project are drawn from all over the world. They are; Dubai’s Shaun Killa, the innovator behind the Bahrain World Trade Center, the world’s first wind-powered megastructure; the UK’s Tom Wright, who created the world’s only seven star hotel – the Burj Al-Arab; and Hong Kong’s Ky Cheung who designed Teda Towers.



Based on current world rankings, the colossal mixed use project will be amongst the world’s tallest structures and will comprise of residential, commercial and retail configurations in addition to a 200-plus key boutique hotel and branded, serviced apartments.


Preliminary designs have been submitted to the judging panel which is a mix of Tameer’s Board of Directors and senior management with oversight by its industry partners. The winning design will be announced later in July.



Managing director of Atkins in the Middle East & India, Tim Askew, says the group’s best architectural talent has been preparing for the design competition over a number of months, with three of its major global studios engaging in healthy competitive rivalry to design the mega-structure.



“We are delighted to have been selected as lead designer for the project after the initial selection process. Whilst this is the first time we have embarked upon such a major internal competition on such an international scale, we see it as instrumental in helping us to further drive creativity and ingenuity for projects such as this, in recognition of the status it deserves as Dubai’s newest landmark” he said.



Apart from its aesthetic and functional design qualities currently under consideration, the colossal iconic skyscraper will span over 5 million square feet and will be designed in accordance with current sustainability best practice. Towering over the city skyline it will provide breathtaking views of Marsa Dubai as it lies in proximity to the most luxurious retail, dining and leisure precincts and sophisticated commercial and academic hubs.



Managing director of Tameer Dubai, Abdul Hamid Moukayed, says the project will not only offer a premium in creativity and design spurred by the global competition, but heralds a new era in sustainable development with unsurpassed eco-features which are intended to be implemented in the project.



“Apart from the prominent effort to compete on design, the project is expected to exhibit an exemplary standard of construction in accordance with unmatched sustainability-focused measures and we look forward to working with some of the world’s best creative designers to help bring this architectural masterpiece to life,” Mr. Moukayed said
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UK design firm lauds Middle East performance
by Andy Sambidge on Wednesday, 06 August 2008

TOWER SUCCESS: Atkins was also involved in the design of the 21st Century Tower in Dubai.UK-based design and engineering group Atkins says its Middle East operations are performing ahead of expectations.

Company chiefs released their interim management statement on Wednesday and revealed that business in the region was "growing very strongly".

During the first quarter of 2008, the company has won the contract to design Tameer Tower which, at more than 600m tall will become the second highest building in Dubai. It is the latest in a line of projects in Dubai for Atkins which includes the 21st Century tower on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Atkins has also designed Bahrain’s first LEED-accredited school building, to be built in the new development of Durrat Al Bahrain after working on similar projects in the UAE, including Raha International School and Greenfield Community School.

The company has also been contracted as architectural designers and engineering consultants for the Al Fateh waterfront development in Juffair.

The development, costing around $800 million and occupying over 35,000m2, will be a four-tower project.

Globally, the group's statement said Atkins had started the year well with performance in the first quarter in line with its expectations.
 

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