The Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is an established economic development zone of approximately 45 hectares in central Dubai. Its masterplan includes a central linear retail area, due for completion in 2017 as Gate Avenue.

WME is delivering structural, building services and infrastructure engineering for Gate Avenue, under lead designer RMJM Architects. We are also acting as the architect of record (AOR).

The new project links already-developed plots in the zone with ones currently under construction. It was begun by others some time ago, and below-ground works were already completed. Services infrastructure is located in existing tunnels and a structural plank system is in place.

We have been working closely with the client and the architect to review and document the extant services provision and foundation works. The idea is to ensure that the new 60,000 sq m mixed retail and food/beverage scheme gets the best value from retention of the installations, which are being developed further as required.

The site is landlocked, with a utility building located on an adjacent plot, and there are limitations on the number of basements allowable. By largely servicing the tower from the second site, we were able to unlock many of the issued raised in achieving relevant approvals and in construction coordination. District cooling is not available here, so the project’s chillers are also located on the adjacent site.