UAE tower enters Guinness for record concrete pour
Geepas Tower, an upcoming development in the UAE, entered the Guinness World Records along with the project contractor Gulf Asia Contracting (GAC) – the construction arm of the multi-billion-dollar business conglomerate RP Group – for completing the largest continuous concrete pour (of 19,793 m3 for 42 hours) in the world. The Dh600-million ($163 million) mid-rise residential tower, being built in Al Barsha, Dubai, is owned by Western International Group.
The stellar milestone in the history of the UAE’s construction sector was accomplished this month with the help of over 600 skilled workers undertaking the job in multiple shifts. The concrete for the project was provided by Unibeton Ready Mix, while Chawla Architectural and Consulting Engineers is the project consultant.
The concrete for the project was delivered by Unibeton Ready Mix, which engaged more than 300 transit mixers making more than 2,500 trips from more than three plants to deliver the concrete required for the project. The concrete pouring was carried out by massive installations of 14 concrete pumps on site with an additional 5 pumps on stand-by. More than 3,000 tonnes of steel were used and 150,000 Man Hours have been put into constructing the raft of the building.
On the record achievement, Dr Ravi Pillai, the chairman of RP Group, said: “This is an impressive feat by GAC which highlights our proven strengths in undertaking complex projects, which demand seamless operational efficiency and top-notch construction expertise.”
“We are thankful to Western International Group for awarding us the contract, and by setting the record for the largest continuous concrete pour in the world, we are highlighting our commitment to deliver the contract as per schedule,” he stated.
With a built-up area of 1.5 million sq ft, Geepas Tower boasts 684 residential units, a fully-equipped gymnasium, health club, swimming pool, retail outlets and a 730-space car park. It is scheduled for completion in March 2018.