RETROFIT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
The award to Black & White Engineering is for the involvement in the design and construction management of Dubai Festival City Mall.
Dubai Festival City Mall is a landmark 2M sq. ft. urban retail development which is located at the centre of Dubai Festival City – now acknowledged to be one of UAE’s most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions.
Set on the historic Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall has undertaken a radical transformation that now offers over 400 world class retailers, 75 restaurants – many of which feature waterfront dining and excellent view of the mall’s new attraction ‘Imagine’.
As to be expected, the project has presented many challenges, such as the development of a strategy to maintain all the MEP and FLS services currently in use, ensuring no interruption to the day to day operation of the mall whist it underwent the ambitious two-phase expansion programme. The team has also had to manage simultaneous authority submissions, inspections and approvals to ensure programme was maintained, such as the opening of large landlord attractions and the trading requirements of key tenancies.
The design of the new MEP systems for the significant expansion, the interfacing with existing systems and the requirement of maintaining the operations of the mall provided an exciting proposition for the team to demonstrate B&W’s capabilities.
The multi-discipline team has provided site services for the duration of the project. The continuity from the design office to the site enabled smooth transition, with a detailed appreciation of the project allowing carefully considered approaches and informed decisions when considering revisions to scope and additional work packages.
Jamie Darragh, an Associate Director, said: “It took four years of hard work, from the design teams to our site supervision teams, but I think everyone who was involved in the project deserves a pat on the back.”
Talking about the outlook for the company, Jamie said: “Black & White’s priorities are to consolidate our position in the market, and continue to develop our engineering staff, continuing to improve as a business and as an engineering team.”