Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sorouh announces completion of one of world's highest construction lifts


Sorouh Real Estate Company PJSC has announced completion of first stage of lifting a ‘penthouse bridge’ to top its 65-storey Gate Towers in Abu Dhabi. This is considered as one of the highest construction lifts of its kind in the world.

The first stage of installation involved the section of Penthouse Bridge linking Tower 1 and Tower 2 of the three-tower development, which forms a part of the landmark Shams Abu Dhabi development along Al Reem Island.

This section of the curved bridge, weighs 750 tonnes, and is equivalent to a Eurostar train, which is 40metres in length, and 30.6 metres wide, with a total area spanning 1.165 square meters. The bridge was lifted at its four corners using four specially designed jacks. The penthouse bridge was raised to 245 metres at a maximum rate of 18 metres an hour, requiring four days for completion.

After the bridge was positioned, it took 15 days to weld and bolt together, the second stage of the lift, linking Tower 2 and Tower 3, which will happen next month.

The Managing Director of Sorouh, Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri, mentioned that this endeavour is one of the heaviest and highest building structure lifts of its kind in the world and is the result of days of unparalleled collaborative efforts.

The Gates Towers will, in-fact, add to the attraction of Shams Abu Dhabi, as a thriving modern community. Every room of the 16 penthouses surrounding the Gate Towers will offer wonderful panoramic views of Abu Dhabi Island and the Arabian Gulf and Saadiyat Island on the opposite end.

The penthouses will each have two stories, with well laid-out floor plans that offer prestigious entrances, living areas, bedrooms, family living rooms, dining rooms, maids’ rooms, kitchenettes and indoor swimming pools. The penthouses will feature revolutionary architectural designs that vary in size between 435 to 630 square meters. . They will feature an enclosed garden area, between the towers, and an exclusive view down from an elliptical opening.

Established in June 2005, Sorouh is one of the largest real estate developers listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.            

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