› Construction completes on Bulgari Resort and Residences with 35 million safe man hours
International project and programme management consultancy, Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has announced that the Bulgari Resort and Residences Dubai, commissioned by Meraas, recently reached completion with a record 35 million safe hours with no lost time to injuries (LTIs) since the project commenced in September 2014. SNC-Lavalin acquired Faithful+Gould, as part of WS Atkins plc, on July 3, 2017.
At its peak, the project saw 5,500 workers accessing the site each day, working on multiple components of the project including a manmade island, the world’s first Bulgari Marina & Yacht Club, a Bulgari branded hotel, residential areas to include villas and mansions and infrastructure to support the development. The number of construction packages ran simultaneously, posing a health and safety challenge for a development of its size, setting a safety benchmark for mixed use and hospitality projects in the region.
“Safety underpins Faithful+Gould’s core values, and we are firmly committed to maintaining a safe environment on each of our projects and in all our offices,” said Paul Doherty, Faithful+Gould’s UAE Country Director. “To reach this significant milestone during a fast track delivery programme demonstrates the high level of performance and commitment of all stakeholders,” added Doherty.
Nigel Plumbridge, Faithful+Gould’s project director, said: “Collaboration and communication between all stakeholders was key to reaching this significant health and safety achievement and was encouraged by our co-ordination of weekly safety committee meetings and monthly director level safety walks. Both Meraas and contractor ALEC, were committed to delivering a high quality resort whilst meeting the international standards for quality, health, safety, environment, and security at the worksites.”
Recently opened on December 7, this is the first Bulgari branded hotel in the region and is tipped as the most expensive hotel in Dubai. The 1.7 million square foot master development is home to 101 hotel rooms, 20 villas with private pools, 168 one-to-three bed apartments, eight penthouses and 15 mansions.
The project was named this year’s Highly Commended Hospitality Project at the 2017 Construction Week awards.