Former Hilton hotel set to be destroyed by implosion
Main contractor for the upscale job to be appointed by invitation, says project manager
The former Hilton, next to the landmark Dubai World Trade Centre tower, will be no more by early March, according to those associated with building a new steel and glass residential complex at the site.
The project and construction manager for the spanking new World Trade Centre Residence has identified early March as the date for the demolition of the building through a controlled implosion.
The existing structure opened its doors as Hilton for the first time in March 1978. The property was taken over by Jumeirah International, which renamed it the World Trade Centre Hotel. It was closed to the public on 15th May 2004 to pave the way for the development of the World Trade Centre Residence.
Apartments in the modern steel and glass structure are available on a 99-year lease and can be sub-let by the owners on an annual lease basis, according to Elaine Jones, managing director of Asteco, which is the real estate consultant and coordinating agent.
Claude Royal of project and construction manager, Turner Construction International, told Construction Week that the existing building will be demolished in early March. “It will take about a couple of months to remove the rubble and prepare the site for the foundations works that are projected to start in June,” he added.
He said support structures will be installed to protect adjacent structures. “We will not be using the existing foundations. The existing piles will have to be removed and new ones installed. This is a different building, the load is higher and the building is taller,” Royal pointed out.
He said Turner will invite interested contractors for the pre-qualification. The project has to be ready by December 2007.
Duncan Pendlebury, president of Boston-based schematic and project architect Jung Brannen, said that the detailed building designs are being executed presently. “The steel and glass offers fantastic views. The L-shaped plan is based on light and air and in some apartments offers 180o views,” he said. The location is exclusive and no other development is scheduled to come up in the vicinity. Apart from Dubai World Trade Centre tower and the exhibitions and conventions complex, Zabeel side will have the new three-segment park. Only across the road will be tower developments.
Pendlebury said the World Trade Centre Residence will be physically separate from the tower.
Though it rises 40-storeys, in terms of actual height it is lower than the 33-storey Dubai World Trade Centre tower, which reigned as the tallest building in the Middle East for several years.
Jones said 30% to 40% of the 3 and 4 bedroom apartments have already been sold and that there is a waiting list for the 1 and 2 bedrooms. On an average, there are 21 apartments per floor. The project houses 350 upscale apartments in some 40 different configurations. The concept designer for the project is WSW Architects.