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Rise of ‘The Hills’

12.03.2017 | News
Located on the south-western periphery of the Emirates Golf Club and bordered by First Al Khail Street in Dubai, Emaar’s latest luxury residential, hotel and serviced apartment development, ‘The Hills’ is beginning to take shape.

According to Deloitte’s ‘Middle East Real Estate Prediction: Dubai 2016’ report, hotel occupancy levels of between 70 - 75 % can be expected to represent the ‘new normal’; which will certainly come as welcome news to Emaar whose ‘The Hills’ project will be a mixture of residential, serviced apartments and a hotel.

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Conveniently located adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road, the main artery for many of Dubai’s commuters, ‘The Hills’ is within a short distance of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers, the latter of which being home to the middle east’s largest free zone (DMCC), making the mixed residential-hospitality development very convenient for tourists and business travellers alike.

The project includes four buildings, which share a common basement level, ground floor and podium, upon which two 14-storey residential buildings and two 16-storey buildings, the latter comprising a hotel and serviced apartments are currently being developed.

Main contractors Al Ghandi & Consolidated Contractors International were awarded the contract for the raft foundation at the end of 2014 and subsequently won the second contract to build the towers in July 2015 and with an anticipated handover date set for Q3 2017, all stakeholders are well aware they will need to work efficiently in order to meet the deadline.

Speaking with Bill Parker, senior project manager at ‘The Hills’, we asked what made Doka the preferred choice on this project, and how Doka products and systems have helped to keep the development on time and on budget.

“I’ve worked with Doka on various projects for at least eight years in countries including the UAE, India, and Kazakhstan. Doka are one of our primary suppliers for formwork systems. They won this contract on competitive tendering for all of our formwork systems. I also have a very strong relationship with one of the chief designers,
Martin Hörlesberger. He’s worked on towers for me in excess of 116 storeys and we’ve developed a very good rapport. I think the flexibility of the product but also the approach by Doka is to sell us what we need, not just what they want to sell us. That’s the very first and primary issue. When we review what’s required for the project, it’s an interactive conversation about what’s really needed and what’s best for us economically. We’re using internal climb form systems, Staxo support systems for our cantilever floor slabs in the lower floors which are all five metres plus in height, and tall prop systems, but with traditional formwork. When we get to the floors from level two and above, we’re using table forms, which are suitable for this style of job where you have repetitive floors.”

With less than a year till the anticipated handover, ‘The Hills’ will soon be another popular addition to Emaar’s portfolio of successful developments.


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“Doka has been excellent from a technical point of view in the design of the formwork systems and the suitablility of said systems for our task. They worked with us to make sure we had an accurate supply for the height of the towers, crane lifted core systems and table forms for the typical floor slabs. They also provided a purpose built stair form system for the fire stairs of the project.”

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