Abu Dhabi Plaza is an integrated mixed-use project being developed in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. Set to be the biggest tower block in Central Asia, the plaza will include residential apartments, office space of international standards, and leisure facilities.
The $1.6bn development project is being developed in three phases and will deliver 568 luxury residential apartments, 107,490m² of commercial office space and 25,300m² of retail space.
Aldar Properties is developing the mixed-use project, which is supported by the Abu Dhabi Government. The project is expected to be completed in late-2019.
The Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana will feature five towers located on a single stylobate with an area of 500,000m². It will also include a four-storey podium and a four-level basement.
The plaza has been categorised into seven assets including a residential-cum-office building and parking facilities, a 31-level business centre, a 29-level business centre, a 17-level residential building, a 14-level hotel with 169 bedrooms and serviced apartments, and a two-level shopping mall. Starwood Group will operate the hotel under its Sheraton Brand.
The main building of the plaza will be 320m-high and include 75 storeys. It will be the tallest building in the Commonwealth of Independent States region, upon completion.
The Abu Dhabi Plaza will be organised into a matrix of blocks, wherein the taller blocks of varying heights rise out of the matrix and provide views of the other buildings. The arrangement will also help in achieving thermal insulation during the colder winter months when temperatures are as low as -40°C.
Light shafts will be strategically installed between the blocks and infused with colour using laminated glass panels, which will create a dynamic play of light, shadow and patterns. Panel & stick systems are planned to be used for the exterior facade cladding of the towers.
Few sections of the retail mall are expected to draw on the historic legacy of the traditional bazaars of Kazakhstan by recreating a bustling marketplace ambience. The plaza will also include a series of temperate year-round winter gardens and a network of sheltered pedestrian routes through the site.
The main residential-cum-office building comprises a common four-level basement for car parking, with space to park more than 4,000 vehicles. The basement will also include mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) rooms.
Facilities at the podium will include a health club, swimming pool, and a spa.
Abu Dhabi Plaza is expected to achieve energy reduction of between 14% and 20% through the installation of efficient HVAC systems, optimised façade systems, low-lighting power density fixtures, and enhanced commissioning.
Approximately 50% of the wood to be used for the project construction will be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The permanently installed material can be recycled to an extent between 10% and 20%.
Each individual component of the building has received either LEED V3 New Construction or the LEED V3 Core & Shell certification.
The joint venture (JV) of Arabtec and Consolidated Contractors Company was awarded the main AED4bn ($1.09bn) construction contract for the Abu Dhabi Plaza.
Arabtec Holding subsidiary Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company was awarded an AED1bn ($272m) sub-contract by the JV for mechanical, electrical and plumbing works.
Foster+Partners is the project designer, while HKR Architects was engaged as the project architect.
Robert Bird Group was engaged as the design and build engineer, while Aden Metal Alumco JV was contracted for the facade works.
Mott MacDonald was appointed as the project manager, AECOM is providing construction supervision consultancy services, and Assent was engaged for supply, fabrication and erection works.
Other parties involved in the project are RED, fwdesign, CML International, Pinnacle Infotech, Arabtech Jardaneh, WME Engineering Consultants, and Michael Chabowski Technical Services (MCTS).
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