Dubai's Viva City starts work on world's largest sports mall

Poised to be completed in first quarter of 2020.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Labourers work at a construction area in Dubai .

Image used for illustrative purpose. Labourers work at a construction area in Dubai .

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Dubai-based firm Viva City said construction work has started on its ambitious Sport Society, which is poised to become the largest sports mall in the world once it gets completed in the first quarter of 2020.

The Sport Society project is being developed at Mirdif Dubai by Khansaheb Civil Engineering, which is utilizing a fully integrated BIM model to manage and co-ordinate all elements of the design and ensure the construction works are fully coordinated.

The scale and scope of the construction work is significant and includes the pouring of almost 60,000 cu m of structural concrete besides reinforcement with over 9,000 tons of steel over six floors (including both basements and roof) which will be formed using over 160,000 sq m of formwork.

It also includes the erection of nine structural steel trusses, each weighing around 70 tons (each truss will be erected to a maximum height of approximately 30m above the ground in one lift using a crawler crane).

Viva City's Head of Design, Edgar Bove said: "The project’s construction work is progressing according to schedule and within the allocated budget, thanks to the efficient operations of Khansaheb Civil Engineering, the company commissioned to carry out the construction works."

"The world-class building is well underway and on programme due to the depth of Khansaheb’s experience, innovation and expertise in building such key retail projects," he stated.

Bove pointed out that the process of building the world's largest sports mall faces many challenges, especially as the project is designed to be an architectural icon that will deliver a unique experience combining shopping, entertainment and sports activities.

Steve Flint, the group general mmanager of Khansaheb Civil Engineering, said: "The Sport Society project win underlines the reputation that Khansaheb holds for timely delivery of complex major projects that demand a high quality finished product and our experience and track record in the delivery of key retail projects that have challenging completion schedules."

Co-ordination installation and full integration of a world class arena entertainment system includes theatrical lighting to create dramatic ambience during events; huge LED screens throughout the development which will broadcast local and international entertainment and sports news besides full NHL regulation size ice rink cooled to -5 degrees centigrade at floor level during the scorching Dubai summers.

"We are dealing with the challenging delivery period which will be achieved by using cutting edge, time saving and modern construction techniques," added Flint.

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