Despite adjustments to its design, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is still on course to complete and open in 2019, according to Pierre Sironval, managing director of Six Construct.
Phase 2 of the hospitality project has been designed by American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), which features ‘sky courts’ and terraces, “designed to maximize guest experience by amplifying shading and directing prevailing breezes over water and vegetation”, according to the architects.
“The terraces step down towards one another and are linked by the “spa-bridge.” This spa-bridge frames a grand gateway between the two buildings, punctuated by pools, lounges, cabanas and other amenities creating a lush oasis. The breezeways frame conference space, resort amenities, and an expansive open lobby at the heart of the complex,” the architects’s website describes.
Sironval told Construction Week that the project’s expected year of completion remains unchanged, despite the integration of design changes during the past 12 months.
“The Royal Atlantis is progressing a little slower than expected because of some adjustments to the design,” he revealed. “These adjustments have been conducted over the past year in close collaboration with the client.
“At the moment, we are [completing] the ground floor, and we have also started work on the project’s six towers,” Sironval continued. “The vertical shafts are moving, and we are closing the basement, which is huge.
“We still expect The Royal Atlantis to [complete and open] somewhere in 2019,” he added.
The contractor, which is the wholly owned Middle East subsidiary of Belgium’s Besix Group, is building the Dubai hotel on behalf of Kerzner International Resorts, as part of a joint venture (JV) with Ssangyong Engineering & Construction (Ssangyong E&C).
Located on Palm Jumeirah, the $1.4bn (AED5.14bn), 46-storey development – which will operate as a sister hotel to Atlantis, The Palm – will boast almost 800 guest rooms and more than 230 serviced apartments upon completion.
KPF has recently completed the world’s fifth tallest skyscraper in Seoul, with a height of 555m.
It has also been recently announced that the opening of the KPF-designed Abu Dhabi Airports’ $2.94 billion Midfield Terminal has been pushed back by two years, due to roof design.