World’s highest penthouse bridge done in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi based developer, Sorouh, has completed the world’s highest penthouse bridge structure for Gate Towers in Abu Dhabi, at a height of 245m.

Sorouh Real Estate Company PJSC has lifted the fourth and final section of the penthouse bridge for its 65-storey residential development on Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island.

This marks the completion of the world’s highest penthouse bridge structure for a residential development.

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The final section of the bridge was elevated 245m and lifted into its final position over the course of four days.

The completed structure is now built across all three towers and is cantilevered 25m beyond the last tower.

Lifting the curved penthouse bridge was completed in four sections and phased over four months, with specially designed jacks used to lift the sections.

The first two segments each weighed 750 metric tonnes, or roughly the same as a Eurostar train, and measured nearly 40m long and 30m wide, with a total area of 1,165m2, and the last two structures weighed a total of 500 metric tonnes.

Gurjit Singh, COO of Sorouh added, “It is remarkable to see the completion of the final phase of what has been the heaviest and highest building structure lifts of its kind to create the world’s highest penthouse bridge structure. This milestone is a culmination of extensive and concerted efforts by our property development professionals and experts over the last few months to deliver the project.”

The construction lift was led by Sorouh and various teams representing its business partners on the Gate Towers development, which include Hill International, Khatib & Alami, Arab Construction Company, Eversendai and VSL. The lift was carried out at a maximum lifting speed of 21 metres per hour.

The Gate Towers were designed by UAE-based firm Khatib & Alami, and Arquitectonica based in Miami, Florida, USA. The main contractor is the Arabian Construction Company, while Orascom completed enabling works. Construction on the project began in 2008.

The mixed-use development will have 16 penthouses with views of Abu Dhabi Island and the Arabian Gulf. Each penthouse will have two storeys and an indoor swimming pool.

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