Currie & Brown, one of the world’s largest asset management and construction consultancies, provided cost management services on THE INDEX™, the award-winning, 80-storey building in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre. THE INDEX™, developed by Union Properties PJSC, has won the prestigious ‘2011 Best Tall Building Award’ in the Middle East and Africa region, awarded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
The iconic building, designed by Foster + Partners, offers 25 floors of office space, 40 floors of luxury residential apartments, and seven floors of duplex and triplex penthouses, with a double-height sky lobby separating the different functions. The building stands at 326 metres tall and is strategically positioned to ensure the eastern and western concrete cores shelter the floors from the desert sun and climatic effects. The south-facing facade utilises extensive sun shades in order to lower solar gain.
Currie & Brown, through various value engineering exercises from concept to design and build contract award, was able to ensure that THE INDEX™, a masterpiece in design, would also become a reality and a commercial success.
The global financial crisis in 2008 presented considerable challenges to the success of the project, resulting in revised programmes of works and cashflows. Khalid Aljarwan, General Manager of Union Properties PJSC said, “The award is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and Currie & Brown was an integral member of our professional team. We were able to rely on their sound advice at all stages of the project.”
Commenting on the CTBUH award, Mark Taylor, Currie & Brown’s chief operating officer in the Middle East, said, “Currie & Brown is very proud to be associated with THE INDEX™ and we congratulate Union Properties and Foster + Partners on achieving this accolade.”
THE INDEX™, with three other nominees, is now in the running for the ‘2011 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award’. The winner will be announced at the 10th Annual Awards Dinner on 27 October.