CASE STUDY

Fit-out spe­cial­ists ISG high­lights the strate­gies that were adopted to re­fur­bish the Zayed Sports City Sta­dium while keep­ing it func­tional at the same time

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ISG EX­PLAINS THE RE­FUR­BISH­MENT OF ONE OF THE OLD­EST STADIUMS IN THE UAE WHILE KEEP­ING IT FUNC­TIONAL

The largest in the UAE with ap­prox­i­mately ,000 seats, the Zayed Sports City Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi, has hosted a num­ber of re­mark­able tour­na­ments till date. It has de­vel­oped a great his­tory and her­itage and has ce­mented its place in the coun­try's his­tory by be­ing fea­tured on the AED200 ban­knote.

The sta­dium hosted the 1996 AFC Asian Cup in­clud­ing the lnal, where the UAE lost against Saudi Ara­bia in penalty shoot-outs. The sta­dium also hosted the 2007 Gulf Cup of Na­tions lnal be­tween the UAE and Oman. The semi-lnals and lnals of 2009 and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup were also held at the sta­dium. The sta­dium will be host­ing some of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup matches along­side lve other stadiums.

One of the old­est sports fa­cil­i­ties in the UAE, the sta­dium was opened in 1979 and has re­cently been ren­o­vated, with many of the fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties up­graded to en­sure that it com­plies with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and can be used for a wide range of events. Fit-out con­trac­tor, ISG, co­men­tire the re­fur­bish­ment works for the sta­dium within a span of 0 weeks, com­menc­ing from Fe­bru­ary 1, 2017.

The scope of work in­cluded the ren­o­va­tion of staff ad­min­is­tra­tion oflces, 6IP lounge area, leasable Grade A oflces, the pub­lic wash­rooms, and the moor­ing to the cor­ri­dors in the up­per con­course and ground moors. ISG also man­aged the up­grade of lre and life safety sys­tems, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a lre lght­ing sys­tem, in­clu­sive of pumps and tanks, which is com­pli­ant with lo­cal au­thor­ity re­quire­ments and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. The re­fur­bish­ment also in­volved es­sen­tial up­grades to the ex­ist­ing electro­mechan­i­cal-sys­tems in­clud­ing re­place­ment of four elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tions.

Steve Rams­den, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, says: “ISG Mid­dle East was ap­pointed to un­der­take the Zayed Sports City Sta­dium re­fur­bish­ment with the knowl­edge that it had to be com­pleted ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE. This is the sec­ond time that ISG is en­trusted with a mis­sion­crit­i­cal project that is linked to the sta­dium and our team, once again, de­liv­ered bril­liantly.”

The sta­dium re­mained live through­out the re­fur­bish­ment, as it was re­quired to host sev­eral sports events. This posed sev­eral chal­lenges, from lo­gis­ti­cal and op­er­a­tional per­spec­tives, es­pe­cially with the up­grade of the elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tions and air han­dling units, which meant plan­ning and sched­ul­ing shut­downs, while keep­ing the build­ing fully op­er­a­tional.

Rams­den re­marks: “This was man­pleted

aged by work­ing closely with the client, the build­ing’s fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment (FM) team, and the event or­gan­is­ers, to en­sure “busi­ness as usual” for the sta­dium. While de­sign­ing the project, AAID ar­chi­tects and Cun­dall MEP con­sul­tants di­vided the sta­dium into seven zones. We then in­cor­po­rated these zones into a pro­gramme, which was then de­liv­ered over three phases. It al­lowed for the least amount of dis­rup­tion for the ex­ist­ing tenants and also re­duced the amount of open works fronts at any one time, al­low­ing events to take place as planned.”

Rams­den pointed out that as the project was de­liv­ered in phases, this meant only cer­tain sec­tions of the sta­dium were un­der con­struc­tion at any given time. “While work­ing closely with the client and the build­ing’s FM team, we could ac­cu­rately plan around the events. This took care­ful plan­ning, while shut­ting down the elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tions and heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, and air con­di­tion­ing ((6AC) sys­tems.”

The new lt-out also boasts many sus­tain­able fea­tures, in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gent light­ing to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion, new AC units, which are con­nected to the build­ing man­age­ment sys­tem (BMS) to mon­i­tor and con­trol air mow, and cool­ing and lre sup­pres­sion sys­tems, which have zero ef­fect on ozone de­ple­tion.

Rams­den says: “Nat­u­rally, this could have only hap­pened with the sup­port of our client and ex­pe­ri­enced con­sul­tants, so we are thank­ful to all stake­hold­ers, who en­sured a seam­less and suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of these works.”

ISG is cur­rently com­plet­ing a large full ho­tel re­fur­bish­ment in Al Bar­sha Heights, which will take the con­trac­tor’s com­pleted rooms now to more than 650. Rams­den men­tions: “Stay­ing on hos­pi­tal­ity, we are mid­way through two sig­na­ture restau­rants in the W ho­tel, which will bring our food and bev­er­age (F&B) count to eight com­plete restau­rants. In the com­mer­cial oflce sec­tor, we have lve live projects for many of these ex­ist­ing cus­tomers.”

He con­cludes: “Our project pipe­line is a healthy mix of oflce, health­care, hos­pi­tal­ity, and leisure projects. We are ex­pect­ing to add some ex­cit­ing new projects to our port­fo­lio across each sec­tor in the next few weeks.”

While work­ing closely with the client and the build­ing’s FM team, we could ac­cu­rately plan around the events.” Steve Rams­den, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

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