DCE lights up Dubai Marina with super-tall Torch Tower

DCE wins US $190 million design and build package for 80 storey tower following three-way race

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  February 4, 2006

Dubai Civil Engineering has won the US $190 million (AED700 million) contract to build the 80-storey Torch Tower in Dubai — one of the tallest new residential buildings in the world. The contractor claimed victory in a three-way race, which also saw Arabtec and Arabian Construction Company compete for the super-tall structure. The tower could become a defining landmark on the rapidly growing Dubai skyline as a result of a massive LED display, which will be installed at the top of the tower. The display will be made from a flame-shaped poly-carbon structure, capable of carrying text or to be used as structural lighting. “It will be somewhere in the region of 30 to 40 metres and it will be fully programmable, so for example on National Day, it could carry the national flag or the Olympic symbol, during the Olympics,” said a project insider. The detailed design of the tower is still in progress and the final number of levels may be increased. The tower could technically reach 86 storeys, although five of these are likely to be non-residential levels accommodating building services at the apex of the structure. “The design of the building has been very much influenced by the M&E works and with its future FM requirements in mind — to that extent we have taken a whole life costing approach,” said Nick Edwards, sales and marketing director at developer Dubai Select. Edwards added: “We will be using a bonded post-tension system on the structure and slipform shuttering. “We are also using very high performance concrete, which will be up to 100 newtons within parts of the structure and at least 70 newtons in most of it.” The building will also incorporate and over-sized goods lift, which will eventually become an over-sized passenger lift when construction work is completed. It means that residents will be able to move in much bigger pieces of furniture than is possible in most other high-rise structures. Piling and shoring work is already underway on the building, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2008. Dubai Select chief executive, Rahail Aslam, said: “We wanted best-of-the-breed partnerships to lead the Torch Tower development to ensure that the project will achieve completion with a strict quality level and in a timescale that will fully satisfy our customers.” Aslam added that DCE was chosen after a round of stringent and exhaustive evaluation procedures. National Engineering Bureau is the detailed design consultant on the building.

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