Dubai Chamber has received the Dubai Government Excellence Award category ‘Best in employee satisfaction’ for three years running.
Bluehaus Group was asked to design Phase 3 of the building having completed Phase 1 of the planned re-stack of the 15 storey building on Dubai Creek in 2008.
“Bluehaus Group successfully delivered Phase 1 which was then followed by Phase 2 which predominantly made up the corporate floors, centralised meeting floors and the level 13 auditorium,” said Ben Corrigan, group director, Bluehaus Group.
“The company was then awarded Phase 3 in 2010 encompassing the level 15 hospitality floor and ground floor customer services department.”
The lead designer on the project was Jason Roberts whose main challenge was getting natural light into a dark space without affecting the exterior facade of the building.
The floor plate was also an awkward space and it took many revisions of the layout before the team got the right environment and accommodated all the clients’ requirements whilst ensuring members of staff benefited from the natural daylight.
“Consistency to Phase 1 and 2 was very important whilst ensuring an element of independence achieved by use of subtle detailing and changes in finishing,” said Roberts.
“This was the third phase of the project so a design benchmark had already been set in the previous phases. Our intention from the outset was to create a unique and somewhat unexpected interior space for a customer service department.
“The existing space was incredibly dark and rather depressing so the intention was to fill the space with natural daylight to enable the staff to receive the same benefits as their colleagues on higher floors (all of which have curtain walling).
“The current space had no existing windows so this meant removing a large section of the existing exterior facing wall and replacing it with floor to ceiling glazing. It’s fair to say that despite the previous phases we treated this project as we approach all projects, with a totally open mind and fresh perspective.”
Projects currently being handed over by Bluehaus Group are Franklin Templeton in DIFC, Clifford Chance, JPMorgan Chase and Al Tamimi in Sowwah Square Abu Dhabi.