Bloom Central, which is being developed by Bloom Properties at Airport Road in Abu Dhabi, is a mixed-use development consisting of a five-star hotel, hotel executive apartments, residential flats and offices. When complete, the building will be operated by Marriott.
Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast was appointed main contractor in September 2011 after signing a AED600mn ($163mn) deal.
Shapoorji's full scope of works at the project involves civil works, structure (post-tensioning design), finishes, interior decoration work, MEP, external facade, elevators, building maintenance and landscaping.
Deputy general manager Manjunatha Rao said that space and access was one of the critical issues at the project outset given that the site fronts onto Airport Road and back onto another development. With the help of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, SEHA the firm managed to secure space on an adjacent plot behind the site on a temporary basis to use for storage.
The project consists of a north tower (serviced executive apartments, residential apartments, offices) and a south tower (hotel), which are separated by a 'China Wall' from level four to the top (level 27). The south tower is 127m tall and the north 120m. There are five basement levels. Above that, the podium comprises an entrance lobby, three restaurants, mezzanine, conferences and a ballroom.
The tower will contain 315 rooms, 64 one-bed serviced apartments and 49 bigger two- and three-bed apartments.
In August 2012, the building's five cores (lift/stair cores and a lift core), all of which measure 400mm in thickness, were lifted from floor three and were kept two levels ahead of the typical floors using a PERI self-climbing system and RMD Kwikform for the horizontal slabs.
The second of two roof levels, that will house mechanical equipment, was completed at the end of June. Meanwhile, the slabs for the roof level of the facilities and gym where cast two weeks ago.
Three concrete placing booms were used to cast the concrete, with two in operation at any one time.
Facade work was started in August last year and is set to be finished by the end of August. About 1,800 workers are on site finishing off interior design work, external facades and second and final MEP fixes. A limited amount of office space is being completed to shell and core only.
The interior design team has already finished more than 200 rooms across both towers. The entire project is scheduled to complete in November.