Nasa Multiplex tipped for ‘23 Marina’ tower

Nasa is the ‘preferred contractor’ for ETA Star’s 380 m-high project

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By  Sean Cronin Published  May 7, 2005

Nasa Mulitplex is tipped to build what could be the world’s tallest new residential tower, in Dubai. The construction package is expected to be worth at least US $114m (AED 420 million). Developer ETA Star this week unveiled plans for the 90-storey building, which at 380 m will be the tallest exclusively residential tower in the emirate and the second tallest structure behind the Burj. The company has teamed up with Indian developer Hiranandani to build the tower, which will be known as ‘23 Marina’ in Dubai Marina. The plans include 48 duplex apartments, and a total of 57 swimming pools. The project also marks the Dubai debut of the Hiranandani Group, which has been involved in several high profile infrastructure projects in India and is now targeting the booming GCC construction sector. Project director Darshan Hiranandani, said: “I foresee Dubai being the Monte Carlo of the world in just a few years’ time, and our development has been designed to cater to that kind of clientele.” As well as being able to enjoy an impressive selection of swimming pools, residents of the new development will also have access to a five star health spa, landscaped garden and jogging track. The developer claims the concept is a first for Dubai “Minute attention has been paid to designing the breathtaking exterior glass façade and the 6-storey high entrance. “The intention has been to create a seamless experience of beauty, aesthetics and luxury,” said Hiranandani. Nasa Multiplex has already built three of the five tallest buildings in Dubai, and so is an obvious candidate for the project. But a spokesman for the company — based at Multiplex head office in Australia — said that the company was unable to comment on the project, as it had not yet received an official notification of the award. However, sources close to the developer told Construction Week that Nasa Multiplex was the preferred contractor for the prestigious project. “Nasa is already working as a cost consultant on the project and are helping us from a value engineering perspective,” explained Hiranandani. Hiranandani went on to say: “This is not about being the tallest for us; it is really more about creating the nicest living space.” The construction period for the tower is expected to last between 33 and 36 months. Plans for the development have already been submitted to Dubai Municipality. ETA Star has stepped up its development activity in Dubai over recent months. It is currently working on a range of major construction projects at Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai Marina.

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