Earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited the Dubai Creek Tower to check on its progress. Just recently, the multi-billion project reached a new milestone ahead of schedule!
The concrete placement for the tower’s pile cap, an essential part of the structure, has just been completed. The Dubai Creek Tower pile cap is huge; the amount of concrete used was reported to be as heavy and massive as the enormous CN Tower in Canada!
Pile Cap for Dubai Creek Tower Now Completed
The Dubai Creek Tower is set to be completed by 2020 as the centrepiece of Dubai Creek Harbour, a waterfront development. Workers began construction last September and 50 percent was completed in January, when 50,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured into the pile cap.
Basically, the pile cap is multi-layered, 20-metre structure made of reinforced concrete. Its purpose is to cover and transfer load to the foundation barrettes, which is key to supporting such a tall and massive structure.
#Dubai Creek Tower completed concrete placement for the pile cap 2 months ahead of schedule. 50K m3 of concrete has been poured, weighing 120K tons (the weight of the CN Tower in Canada) & 16K tons of steel reinforcement was placed (just over twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower) pic.twitter.com/JJCyH8An9Z
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 30, 2018
Ever since HH Sheikh Mohammed led its groundbreaking last October, the Dubai Creek Tower has come a long way. As of May 2017, the structure’s barrette piles:
- Have a world-record test load of 36,000 tonnes
- Measure 72 metres in depth… 20 percent of the height of one of Dubai’s tallest towers!
The Dubai Creek Tower was designed by Santiago Calatrava Valls, a renowned Spanish-Swiss architect and engineer. In just a few years, it will soon become the next “global icon.”
All eyes are on the Dubai Creek Tower, as it transforms into one of the world’s most iconic structures! We still have a couple of years to go until its completion in 2020. In the meantime, we can always check out the Dubai Creek Tower mega-replica, located at The Dubai Mall.