Posted by Bob Brunskill
A major office and retail development in Dubai has celebrated its topping out, it has been reported.
The £60 million Iris Bay complex reached its highest point on time after huge concrete slabs were added to the 170 metre structure, according to Building.
Consisting of two double-curved shell shapes sat atop a cantilevered four-storey base, the building has incorporated a number of sustainable design elements and could prove to be a lucrative Dubai property investment.
The building was conceived by engineering consultants Atkins in 2006 and the firm's resident engineer Hesham Abdelaziz Gabr told the news provider: "It was a real challenge to meet the demands of the unique design, but working alongside the contractor to resolve on-site issues, with the co-ordination and support of the design teams here in Dubai, we have been able to keep the project fully on track."
Once the building is complete, which is expected to be this summer, it will be handed over to Sheth Estate International.
Just this week, the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai announced that it was planning to double guest capacity and add several new restaurants in the coming years.