WME is working as the project’s architect of record and supervision consultant, while LW Design Group is involved as the architect. Due to specific approvals required from authorities such as Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) and Dubai Police, specialised firms have also been contracted for the scheme.

These include Hemaya for firefighting-related operations, and Alpha Plus for CCTV activities. Omnium is involved as cost consultant for the scheme, with Unimix delivering readymix for the development, and SS Lootah Foundations contracted by BGG for enabling work.

Due to the site’s logistical considerations and its total built-up area – which spans 6.68ha – sub-contractor selection was a key priority for BGG, Krishna explains: “The suppliers and sub-contractors were finalised within the first two months, because this is a huge building, so you don’t want to spend more than 10% of your overall time for the procurement and appointment of [these stakeholders].

“Location is a very important factor when you select your suppliers. For instance, Unimix operates a plant very close to the site – roughly half-hour from here – and it was picked for readymix supply considering the setting time of the concrete.”

BGG’s operations entail daily contact with most of these project stakeholders, and Krishna says their cooperation is significant for a scheme that has required multiple approvals from local authorities to implement site works.

“The main challenge of constructing in high-density areas is the no-objection certificates (NOCs) it requires,” Krishna tells Construction Week.

“Typically, projects in new Dubai require 15 to 20 NOCs, but old Dubai areas tend to be highly populated, so sites like Muteena need close to 50 NOCs. Some of these are specific to certain areas and locations.

“For instance, we have needed approvals from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority for the height of the tower crane being used. Approvals were also needed from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for entry and exit spots, parking, material loading and unloading, road closures for concreting, and so on.”

Moreover, BGG requires separate construction approvals to conduct work in accordance with noise level restrictions in the emirate. According to a Gulf News report from April 2017, Dubai Municipality’s (DM) time limit for construction work is from 7am to 8pm, with noise required to remain within 55 decibels. Krishna explains that mass concreting, such as slabs and pours, can be implemented at night – which is helpful, since traffic rules also restrict the free movement of concrete trucks – after receiving RTA and Dubai Police approvals.

“These are the only days when night work is allowed, but noise levels cannot exceed the set decibel [for post-8pm],” he continues. “If anybody from the neighbouring buildings complains to DM about the noise, you could be fined and made to stop work. Clients and consultants play a huge role in ensuring all operations are carried out smoothly, and their support is key to receiving required project approvals.”

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