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Repairs begin on Atkins’ fire-damaged Dubai tower

The Address Downtown Dubai Image by Danny15
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Contractors have started repairing Atkins’ 63-storey Dubai hotel tower following a major fire on New Year’s Eve

The Address Downtown Dubai‎ – designed by the AJ100 firm and completed in 2008 – was engulfed by flames after a fire started on its 20th floor.

Dubai

Dubai

Source: Image by Ceri Evans

Fire at The Address Downtown Dubai

The blaze – which started at about 9pm local time – spread quickly up the building and was finally extinguished on 1 January.

There were no fatalities but 14 people sustained injuries.

The skyscraper’s developer, Emaar Properties, has engaged local contractor Dutco Group to carry out restoration work, MEED reported.

The contractors are already working on site. The full extent of the work required on the 302m-tall tower has not yet been assessed.

Commenting on the blaze, an Atkins spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of the serious fire at the Address Downtown Dubai‎, which started on the evening of 31 December.

‘As designer of the hotel we are now providing our full support to our client, and stand ready to assist the authorities with their investigations.

‘While these investigations are ongoing it isn’t appropriate for us to discuss the project further or to speculate about the incident.’

Dubai

Dubai

Source: Image by Ceri Evans

Fire at The Address Downtown Dubai

Featuring a five-star hotel and 626 serviced apartments, the 178,000m2 structure is part of the Downtown Dubai development, which features the super-tall Burj Khalifa at its centre.

The incident on New Year’s Eve has meanwhile renewed concerns about the materials used to clad skyscrapers in the country.

Many Dubai towers feature cladding panels with thermoplastic cores, which Phil Barry, founder of Britain’s CWB Fire Safety Consultants, told Reuters could be flammable under certain circumstances.

In 2013 the UAE introduced new safety codes requiring fire-resistant cladding on all buildings above 15m.

The policy was introduced following a blaze which gutted a 34-storey residential tower in 2012 but does not apply to buildings already constructed.

The cause of the latest fire has not been confirmed.

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  • Geoff Williams

    Fear of fire in high rise buildings had always been confined to the United States but with the emergence of the desire to gain International status high rise buildings are appearing all over the World. It is probably too early to speculate on the cause of the fire but electrical malfunction cannot be ruled out. Since electric cables are tane the length and breadth of any building the choice of cable is of major importance. Especially, those providing supply to critical emergency life saving equipment. In such circumstances, it is questionable whether the choice of cable and the standards & approvals, for fire performance cables, are fit for purpose in high rise building environments..

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