Successful collaboration could be said to be the unifying link between all successful projects. In a recent interview with Kevin Ryan, COO for developer Gulf Central, he was keen to stress the role of Brookfield Multiplex in the Al Maryah Central project in Abu Dhabi. Notably, Mr. Ryan commented how long Gulf Related spent looking for a partner before deciding Brookfield Multiplex was ideal.
In the world of construction, the name Brookfield Multiplex requires little introduction. Since its establishment in 1962, the firm has delivered over 900 projects across the globe. Its arrival in the Middle East in the 1990s coincided with the construction of some of the region’s most well-regarded developments. In many ways, the region’s ongoing progress is reflected in that of the firm.
The Al Maryah Central project is the firm’s latest in the region and its first collaboration with Gulf Central. When completed, it will house 450, 000sqm of retail space and play host to over 400 separate tenants, including anchor tenants Macy’s and Bloomingdales. At the time of writing, over 90% of the procurement for the project has been completed, while the overall RC structure is past the halfway point, with finishes underway in many parts of the development.
As the main construction contractor for Al Maryah Central, Brookfield is playing a comprehensive role in the project. Its responsibilities have included RCC and block work, structural steel works for the entire project, MEP works, finishing works (excluding the tenant areas), landscaping works and façade works. It should be noted that all of this work was aided by the collaboration of Gulf Central, which took on the majority of the project’s foundation works.
The 6 tower cranes now visible on the project site have all been supplied by Brookfield Multiplex’s Plant & Equipment Division. They provide a reminder to onlookers not only of the scale of the operations, but also some indication of the complexity. The tower cranes have been planted in the development’s basement, creating challenges for waterproofing and logistics. All six will rise as the building itself rises, and ultimately removed when cladding and steelworks have finished.
Sustainability underpins Brookfield Multiplex’s work. Its ultimate objective is to improve the social and environmental outcomes associated with the design and construction of every one of their projects, along with the wellness and safety of their employees, end-users and the community at large. This is another way in which Brookfield Multiplex complements Gulf Related – both companies have adopted an integrated approach to delivering a sustainable and socially responsible mall for Abu Dhabi.
Something exciting is emerging with the Al Maryah Central project: aside from a beautiful development which promises to breathe new life into this corner of Abu Dhabi, a new collaboration has been born – that of Gulf Central and Brookfield Multiplex. Two reputable and capable firms have come together at the nexus of a state which is keen for development. That can only be good news for future projects Abu Dhabi and beyond.