ChapmanBDSP lands landmark Dubai tower

Building services and environmental design consultancy ChapmanBDSP has been part of the competition winning team for an iconic observation tower in Dubai, designed by the world-renowned Santiago Calatrava Architects and Engineers.

Calatrava’s soaring design for the tower in Dubai Creek Harbour won an international competition, beating designs from five competing firms.  The result was announced in February by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.

The tower will be built by Emaar Properties in partnership with Dubai Holding.  Emaar Properties is the developer behind the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building. Inspired by Islamic architecture, the design for the observation tower fuses the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates with modern, sustainable design. 

ChapmanBDSP participated as mechanical, electrical and public health consultant on the competition entry, as well as advising on environmental design and engineering.  

Shashank Jain, senior environmental consultant at ChapmanBDSP said: “There are some remarkable projects happening in Dubai at the moment, but Calatrava’s observation tower outshines them all. There’s no doubt it will become one of the great architectural wonders of the world, and we are incredibly proud to be playing a part in its development.  It will be a true marker for the upcoming Dubai Creek Harbour development.”

Shashank added: “The UAE construction market has cooled off slightly from the boom of the past two or three years, but significant growth is still expected across the UAE and especially in Dubai.  We are seeing a number of exciting projects coming forward and certainly consider this to be a growth region for our business.”

ChapmanBDSP has a strong presence in the Middle East, with a 20-strong team of designers and engineers based at offices in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  The company was worked on high-profile projects across the region, including the World Trade Centre Towers in Abu Dhabi and the Dubai headquarters of the China National Petroleum Company.

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