19th hole is to be ready to play by end of next year

Construction of the clubhouse at Al Badia Golf Resort’s is now entering a new phase. Groundbreaking and foundation works that began earlier in the summer are now complete and enabling works are set to start. Construction Week finds out how the project is progressing.

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By  Colin Foreman Published  September 18, 2004

19th hole is to be ready to play by end of next year|~|Clubhouse Body.jpg|~|The clubhouse will have a glass and aluminium facade|~|Construction of the clubhouse at Al Badia Golf Resort’s is now entering a new phase. Groundbreaking and foundation works that began earlier in the summer are now complete and enabling works are set to start. Construction Week finds out how the project is progressing. Sitting on a ridge of high land, the Al Badia Clubhouse overlooks the 9th and 18th greens of the now complete golf course. The 7320 yards (6693 m), par 72 course is set for invitational play in November, followed by public play in January next year. The clubhouse is now advancing and will be ready for use in late next year. significant “The clubhouse is a significant feature of the Al Badia Golf Resort,” said Roger Morris, general manager of the Al Badia Golf Resort. ”Its location will give stunning views across the golf course, to the Creek, and on to the iconic skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road and beyond.” The clubhouse will also serve as a meeting point for the residents of the villas next to the golf course. The first phase of these villas was rolled out in May. The Newport Beach office of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo working with local designers Rice Perry Ellis designed the building. The original brief provided by the developers requested an iconic building that tells a story and features a mix of modern and traditional elements. “They wanted an iconic structure that would serve the community and become a focal point for Dubai Festival City,” says Ian Ohan, development manager, Dubai Festival City. The early designs mimicked the Dubai Festival City logo with its spiral atrium and academy extending out past the driving range. Realising this the decision was taken to fully incorporate it as a central element of the design. The designers achieved this by using a combination of different coloured cladding and roofing materials and specialist architectural lighting so that the building clearly resembles the logo. The spiral atrium at the building’s centre creates some interesting cross sections through the building as it swerves through it and runs along the ridge that the clubhouse sits on. The logo is completed with water features, including a weir running down the back of the clubhouse, that flanks the spiral of the building’s entrance. The building itself is quite extensive and spreads over three levels. The entry level will have a professional shop, public restroom facilities, a function room for golf events and a number of food and beverage outlets including an upscale casual dining area. There will also be a private dining room wrapping 270 degrees around the large terrace area. The extensive locker room facilities and back of house operations will be on the basement level. “The locker room facilities are also going to be quite interesting. In the men’s locker room there will be a plunge pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, massage treatment room, and two VIP suites for visiting dignitaries. There will be a similar set up in the women’s locker room,” says Ohan. On the top floor there will be the owner’s suite that can also be used as a majilis level for private functions overlooking the golf course, creek and the Dubai skyline. It can also be converted into a terrace. The general manager’s office will also be located on this level. The academy building will overlook the driving range and will be a two level building. The top floor will have a spike bar and a small professional shop. On the lower floor there will be two swing rooms, the professional’s offices, a lounge, a staging area for launching golf events and some more food and beverage outlets in the cooler months. Both the clubhouse and the academy will be served by 200 individual parking spaces 100 of which will be a very short walking distance from the clubhouse. Construction work has begun on site with piling works recently completed by Swissboring. Work is now set to start on the enabling works contract, which will prepare the site for the main contractor to build the main structure. These works will run for about eight weeks before the main contract can begin. The tenders went out earlier this month and will close in a few weeks. “We are looking to have the main contractor start work onsite during October, with a completion date set for November 2005,” says Robert David, director design and construction, Dubai Festival City. According to David the main contract will be quite a challenge for the main contractor. “The clubhouse is an iconic building and will have incredibly high quality finishes, both internally and externally,” he says. The external finishes will be mostly specialised glass and aluminium cladding. The design changes throughout the building so there is very little repetition, which will mean that the cladding and glass panels will be constantly changing. Concurrent with the construction of the Clubhouse is the design and/or construction of a number of other facilities comprising the cornice enhancement of approximately 4 km of shoreline to the Creek, the construction of a major retail centre, automobile showrooms, a number of international hotels and an international golf course, schools and infrastructure works covering in excess of 1600 acres, comprising the Dubai Festival City for the Al Futtaim Group. ||**||

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