Dubai’s $1.4bn Royal Atlantis on track despite design changes

Despite adjustments to its design, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is still on course to complete and open in 2019, according to Pierre Sironval, managing director of Six Construct.

The contractor, which is the wholly owned Middle East subsidiary of Belgium’s Besix Group, is building the Dubai hotel on behalf of Kerzner International Resorts, as part of a joint venture (JV) with Ssangyong Engineering & Construction (Ssangyong E&C).

Located on Palm Jumeirah, the $1.4bn (AED5.14bn), 46-storey development – which will operate as a sister hotel to Atlantis, The Palm – will boast almost 800 guest rooms and more than 230 serviced apartments upon completion.

Sironval told Construction Week that the project’s expected year of completion remains unchanged, despite the integration of design changes during the past 12 months.

“The Royal Atlantis is progressing a little slower than expected because of some adjustments to the design,” Sironval said.

“These adjustments have been conducted over the past year in close collaboration with the client.

“At the moment, we are [completing] the ground floor, and we have also started work on the project’s six towers,” Sironval continued. “The vertical shafts are moving, and we are closing the basement, which is huge.

“We still expect The Royal Atlantis to [complete and open] somewhere in 2019,” he added.

The project’s main contract was awarded to the Besix-Ssangyong JV in Q1 2016.

NFT supplied 10 Potain MR 418 tower cranes to facilitate construction works on The Royal Atlantis Residences site in May 2017.

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