MOUCHEL PARKMAN recently completed site investigation supervision for a proposed hotel and chalet development in Dubai.
The site is on the east side of Dubai Creek and forms Zone 13 of the Dubai Festival City project.
The project is for a six-storey hotel, with 15m deep basement, and various low-rise chalet style structures.
Development requires ground levels to be raised by up to 20m, as well as reclamation works in the creek and creation of new creek inlets. Ground information was needed for ground improvement and foundation design, along with an 'excavatability assessment' of the bedrock.
The site is underlain by very loose to dense marine sands to between 5m and 10m depth, with bedrock of sandstone, conglomerate and limestone.
Site investigation was carried out by contractor Al Hai & Al Mukaddam (Dubai) and involved 10 marine and 20 onshore boreholes. These were sunk using a combination of cable percussive and rotary techniques, to a maximum depth of 30m.
The project is the third zone of the Dubai Festival City project Mouchel Parkman has been involved in, with previous marine works carried out by the consultant's Dubai office. This latest investigation was supervised by UK geotechnical engineers from the London and West By'eet divisions of the firm's environment business unit.