RBG was engaged by Laing O’Rourke to act as the Design and Build (D&B) Lead Consultant on the Aloft Hotel Project. The 14-storey 304 key hotel building was completed within a fast-tracked 26-month D&B construction programme from Concept to Completion.

Challenges included two existing live operational structures (Car Park and City Centre Deira Mall) which required new interfaces linking the buildings. The site was heavily constrained by access.

Project Value:
Year Completed:
Laing O’Rourke
Pascall + Watson

LEED Gold Certifiied
Pascall + Watson
Robert Bird Group Services:
Lead Consultant
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Construction Supervision
Site support

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.

Key technical challenges

The project utilised precast structural elements and architectural elements (bathroom pods) to ensure multiple critical path workfronts were completed simultaneously within the fast-track programme of 26 months.

Robert Bird Group was responsible for the management and delivery of all design disciplines on the project (Architecture, MEP, and Structures as well as their respective associated authority submissions and approvals) over the 26 month timeframe.

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