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
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