15.06.2013, 16:39

Tallest structure tops out on mixed use Al Ain stadium development

Author: Broadway Malyan

Stadium and mixed-use scheme will comprise over 1.5 million square feet of development.

The first construction phase of a mixed-use scheme in Al Ain, UAE, masterplanned and designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, has reached a critical milestone with the topping-out of the tallest structure, the 25,000-seat 'Hassa Bin Zayed Stadium', which is set to open in December.

The stadium and mixed-use scheme will ultimately comprise over 1.5m sq ft of development including hospitality, commercial and residential space, and represent a major new destination in the city of Al Ain, providing a central year-round location for sports and football enthusiasts, families, friends and businesses to come together.

The stadium will be the most modern, state-of-the-art facility in the Middle East. It will be managed and operated by the Al Ain Club Investment Company, is inspired by the natural landscape of Al Ain and will encompass both traditional and innovative design. It will be the new home ground for the famous Al Ain Football Club, the most successful club in the UAE.

Broadway Malyan is lead design consultant on the scheme, with its Abu Dhabi-based team of expert masterplanners, architects and designers having led the masterplan and design and delivery stages, and an international team of specialist designers and engineers including Pattern Architects, Thornton Tomasetti, Hoare Lea & Partners and Aecom.

Director Ian Apsley said: "Reaching the first major milestone in the construction of the scheme is testament to our world-class and integrated team of diverse design experts working in close partnership with the client to create a major new leisure and entertainment destination."

It is the latest success for the team following its recent first major project win in Doha, Qatar, and major commissions in Iraq and Bahrain, on the back of the approval of its detailed masterplans for Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island), covering over 3.5 million sqm of mixed-use development and North Yas, a 680 hectare waterfront community on Yas Island, both in Abu Dhabi.

Distinguished by its global reach with 16 offices across world centres, unrivalled diversity with over 500 sector experts and distinctive client focus with over 85% income from repeat business, Broadway Malyan creates world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a 'return on design'.

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