Several appointments made on Dubai Autodrome project

09 May 2003
Several key appointments have been made on the project to construct a multi-purpose business park and racetrack in Dubai emirate. The development will be suitable for all forms of motor racing events, including Formula One grand prix meetings (MEED 19:4:02).

The appointments are:

A UK/US/local team of HOK Sport, Venue and Event as master planner and architect;

Buro Happold and WS Atkins, both of the UK, are the structural designer and the civil and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designer respectively;

West Surrey Racing is the specialist track designer;

Al-Khatib Cracknell, local, is the landscape architect;

Edara, also based in Dubai, is the project manager; and

DG Jonesof the UK is the quantity surveyor.

To be called the Dubai Autodrome & Business Park, phase 1 of the project is estimated to cost AED 200 million ($54 million). It calls for the construction of a 5.4-kilometre grand prix circuit, a 1.2-kilometre indoor and outdoor go-karting track and an off-road driving course. The circuit is expected to be approved by the world motorsports governing bodies, including the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

The project will also entail the construction of: a business park to include a racing school, retail outlets, restaurants, business units and a marketing building; and a main grandstand with an initial capacity of 5,000 spectators.

The project will be located next to the Emirates Highway, with a view from the grandstand to the Burj al-Arab hotel on the coast. The facilities will take about 14 months to complete.

The scheme is being tendered in several packages, including: the construction of marketing offices; a grandstand; track; infrastructure; and other ancillary buildings; utilities and road works; and enabling works.

The client is the Dubai-based Union Properties, which first announced plans to build a multi-purpose racetrack 12 months ago. Plans for a Dubai racetrack were first discussed in the early 1990s.

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