RBG was responsible for the support of temporary works bridges spanning over the two (2) six (6) lane highway roads, Sheikh Zayed Road.

The temporary bridges were designed to support the wet concrete weight of the new interchange bridges accessing Blue Waters Island located near the Dubai Marina/JBR district.

In addition, RBG designed the temporary bridges spanning over the existing Dubai Metro infrastructure.

Project Value:
USD $18-22 million
Year Completed:
Building Metrics:
Total Area: 3,553m2 plot
Height: 21m
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RBG Client:
Robert Bird Group Services:
Civil Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Engineering

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

RBG redesigned the steel plunge columns enabling complex bracing arrangements and programme hold-points to be removed, hence simplifying excavation and improving health and safety. The ground floor slab was redesigned for significant construction loads and to prop the basement wall whilst maintaining a large void to allow the core to rise.

RBG also checked all permanent works elements for the temporary loads induced by the innovative construction sequence. The construction method further reduced the ground movements, thereby minimising the risk to sensitive network rail facilities adjacent to the site.

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