The Residences at Marina Gate, with a built-up area of almost four million square feet (371,612 square meters) is one of the largest residential blocks being constructed in Dubai Marina. Marina Gate I is complete, with residents moved in. Marina Gate II is topped out and undergoing finishes. with handover anticipated in six months. The third and final tower in the development, Jumeirah Living Marina Gate, is a collaboration with the hospitality company Jumeirah Group.
This presentation is a case study of the development cycle of Marina Gate. To mitigate risk, each tower in this three-tower development was launched a year apart, and construction was phased. While this approach had its advantages, it also posed a number of challenges, for which innovative solutions were found. From contract award to development cycle to asset management, the presentation identifies the value added to the life cycle. Measures to reduce development risks and procurement methodology are also addressed. Challenges such as the plot location in the tallest residential city block in the world, the impact of wind studies at different stages of construction, water infiltration risks on reclaimed land, and construction in a densely populated area are discussed, along with the impact of this development on the neighborhood. This sets the scene for the guided tour to follow.