Abu Dhabi Plaza is a 500,000m2 mixed-use development in Astana, Kazakhstan comprising five towers joined by a four-storey podium and four-level basement. The centerpiece of the development is a 75-storey tower which, is the tallest building in the region and a landmark for Kazakhstan. The development also comprises two 30-storey international-grade office buildings, a smaller residential building and a hotel.

The project was procured by the Employer, Aldar as Design and Build; however, the design and construction was complicated due to partial construction of the substructure by a previous contractor, comprising temporary diaphragm walls, piles and raft slabs.

Project Value:
$1.6 Billion USD
Year Completed:

2013 – 2016

Environmental Performance:

  • Total Area: 500,000 m2

Sectors:
Residential
Retail
Commercial
Hotel
Environmental Performance:
LEED Silver
LEED Certified
Client:
CCC – Arabtec Joint Venture

Architect:

P&T Architects

Robert Bird Group Services:

  • Due diligence assessment of the existing works for fitness for purpose (temporary diaphragm wall, piles & raft slabs
  • Detailed design verification and certification of the original design intent incorporating amendments as required
  • Extensive redesign to accommodate value engineering and optimisation
  • Construction Documentation
  • Temporary works and equipment installation design

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

RBG was engaged by the CCC / Arabtec JV to be the D&B Engineer for the completion of the project

  • 76-storey residential / office tower
  • 2 X 26-story office building
  • 14-storey hotel & serviced apartments building
  • 15-storey residential apartment building
  • Common four-level car parking basement

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