Senior project manager, Amir Yehia Boshra on the HSE, challenges, safety protocols, and completing the project.

Dubai-based contracting heavyweight ASGC, earlier this month, obtained the Building Completion Certificate for the Harbour Views Project within the Dubai Creek Harbour by Emaar from Dubai Development Authority, with the contractor now carrying out the ‘de-snagging and the hand over’ of the development.

Construction Week gets exclusive details on the construction behind the development from senior project manager at ASGC, Amir Yehia Boshra.

Located in the parkland area of Creek Island, work on the Harbour Views commenced on 5 March 2017, and ASGC was appointed to the project by The Lagoons Phase One LLC. The project cost was $191m (AED700m).

The Harbour Views are touted as the tallest twin towers on Creek Island, and are home to more than 750 one-, two- and three-bedroom glass-fronted apartments. The 51-storey buildings are anchored to a three-level podium comprising additional apartments and 14 exclusive villas.

ATK Engineering Consultants was the main consultant of the project, with Starwood Industries being the joinery subcontractor, and Technical Glass & Aluminium Co. as the façade subcontractor.

Boshra told Construction Week that on an average 2,900 workers were deployed in the project per day, who together recorded 19 million safe manhours without lost time injury (LTI) to-date.

The area of the plot is 13,084m2, with 162,750.29m2 being the built-up area. Meanwhile, the total building height is 202.5 metres. The towers together include 1,028 parking bays.

Boshra said that not many technologies were used during the construction process, “due to the difficult design of the project”.

Talking about the challenges and disruptions faced during the implementation of the project and due to COVID-19, Boshra said that the team had to change the “sequence of work” to tackle the delay in materials being delivered on the site.

“Manpower was a big issue, because some of our subcontractor’s labourers had tested positive for COVID-19, which forced us to decrease the manpower in the project, during the critical time of delivery,” added Boshra.

“We overcame that challenge by increasing the labour duty hours.” In fact, increasing man-hours helped ASGC withstand the problems caused by social distancing on-site.

Boshra stressed: “Also to use the lift was challenging with few labourers travelling in the tower for one trip. We tackled this issue by increasing the vertical transportation cabins at the project.”

In terms of health and safety protocols being deployed on the site, ASGC had instructed all of the workers and staff members to comply with the five-point Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocol prior to entering the site premises.These included hard hat, high visibility jacket, steel cap safety boots, hand gloves, and eye protection.

ASGC’s managers, engineers, foreman, supervisors, chargehands, and safety officers were made in-charge to ensure that the five-point PPE protocol was followed at all times.

Source: constructionweekonline.com