Al Ain Mixed-use Development and Stadium Project

Location Al Ain, UAE
Services Building services engineering (MEP), acoustics and information communication and technology (ICT)
Sector Mixed-use (Lifestyle)
Client AAFAQ Holding LLC
Architect Broadway Malyan/RMJM
Imagery © Dennis Gilbert/Victor S. Brigole/Artur

Richard Stratton

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This masterplan and mixed-use development project has created a community around a stadium of 25,000 seats, providing a new home to Al-Ain Football Club and Sports Facility.

The project is constructed in phases. The first phase involved the construction of the stadium which a year after completion was named the Stadium of the Year by Stadium Database. It also includes a sports centre complex and one commercial block. The second phase will see two further commercial blocks, a 4 star hotel, a food and beverage plot, retail space and eight residential buildings. Car parks, public realm areas, local parks and associated infrastructure works have been addressed during all the phases.

Cundall was employed by EC Harris as technical advisors for the first phase of this project. Working with the whole delivery team, we have ensured that design compliance is met by all parties involved.

The project includes an external illuminated façade resembling the trunk of a palm tree. It also has colour changing façade lighting that change accordingly for different events that take place in the stadium.

The palm bowl is designed to allow the stadium to be completely in the shade after 5pm to provide a more pleasant experience to both players and spectators.

The project was fast tracked and had to be constructed within 17 months. As the project was the first of its kind in the region it was important to continually liaise with the client, design team, contractor and external agencies to ensure the project was delivered to a high standard.

It was important to be able to maintain quality of workmanship during the 17 month construction phase.

Cundall also provided valuable experience in guiding the contractor through sustainability aspects of commissioning large scale systems.

The project incorporated high efficiency lighting and a solar water heating plant.

The project has achieved an Estidama 2 Pearl rating.

“The mixed use development around the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium would not have been accomplished without the support and dedication of our partners and Cundall was one of the best consultants we worked with to put together this important destination in Al Ain” Gary Bressan, Senior Manager Al Qattara Investments.

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