GROWTH MARKET: WHAT IS THE SOLUTION IN THE RACE FOR BUSINESS SPACE?
WITH THE GLOBAL ECONOMY SHOWING ENCOURAGING SIGNS OF RECOVERY, THE MIDDLE EAST REGION IN PARTICULAR IS LOOKING AHEAD TO A BRIGHT NEW ERA OF GROWTH AND EXPANSION.
Given the continued promise of investment for the major infrastructure upgrades required for the World Cup 2022 and World Expo 2020, business leaders are constantly looking at opportunities to expand and build their role. It's an exciting prospect but it also throws up huge challenges for governments and businesses alike in providing or sourcing the necessary infrastructure to keep pace with increasing demand. However, through innovative developments in building technology, rapidly deployable semi-permanent construction is now presenting itself as an ideal solution, allowing an immediate fix where new facilities are needed for anywhere from one to 20 years.
“The population of Qatar has seen tremendous growth in recent years, which has meant a need for more and more student places within local educational facilities.” explains Luke Godley, Business Manager at Doha College.
Having chosen to work with market leader De Boer, the college chose a double-storey
structure which now provides an additional 4,500 square metres of space and is used by over 400 students each day as a multi-purpose facility. “Our criterion was a high-quality facility, which could be erected in as short a time as possible and with minimum disruption to the school. De Boer achieved all of this and more. The speed with which the structure was built and fully functioning was incredible. The space incorporates 20 classrooms, a number of offices for the staff, IT facilities, bathrooms and even an auditorium with stage. All of this was delivered in just 12 weeks.”
Edward Gallagher, Business Development Director at De Boer, agrees that speed is the key to success. “It's an exciting time economically in the Middle East currently, as De Boer comes up to its 10th year based in the region. Semi-permanent solutions are ideal for any business which needs a new facility or more space in order to seize the opportunities that economic growth is presenting to them and for governments looking to service this period of expansion quickly enough and in a cost-effective, sustainable way. Our solutions are much faster to design and build than traditional permanent buildings but are equal in quality and can last a lifetime. After you've finished in one location, they can be dismantled, moved and re-built on other sites (or sold) and are suitable for virtually any application, from warehouses to a fully functioning sports centre.”
One such sports centre is a 2,000 square metre ice rink recently built by De Boer in London. The rink's head coach Diane Towler- Green – four-times British, European and World Ice Dance Champion – says: “You can't fault it. In fact it is one of the best rinks we have been to and this is even more amazing when you consider how quickly it was built. It's an unbelievable achievement.”
With the technology clearly now available to deliver high quality, fully-functioning facilities of any kind in a fraction of the time of a traditional build, the semi-permanent structure looks like it's here to stay. Progressive businesses and governments throughout the region will no doubt be considering how they can use such solutions in their strategy for making the most of the positive prevailing economic winds in the region.
Established 90 years ago in Europe, De Boer Structures has built a global reputation for providing highend accommodation for hospitality and sporting events, but increasingly it has adapted that technology to successfully design and build semi-permanent facilities serving diverse business sectors with projects including property sales centres, airport facilties, warehousing and storage, sports centres, supermarkets, offices, schools, factories and even hotels.
Companies choosing a De Boer solution benefit from short approval process, structures that can be built in weeks not months, fully demountable and re-locatable, materials which last up to 25 years and no manufacture time with solutions available off the shelf
De Boer can be contacted on
+974 4413 0631 (Qatar), +971 2 406 9407 (Abu Dhabi) or +31 72 5400 444 (Netherlands HQ). Visit www.deboer.com for examples of rapidly deployed business space.