overcoming issues regarding the varying heights was key for the success of this project

The Abu Dhabi Plaza is a mixed residential and commercial development in Astana, Kazakhstan. The development consists of a cluster of towers extending to varying heights, with the tallest tower reaching a height of 388m making it the tallest tower building in central Asia and the fourteenth highest in the world. The building is due to open in 2016.

ByrneLooby were employed as specialist geotechnical sub consultant to Ramboll MEA (structural engineer).

Scope of Project

  • Comprehensive review of all existing site investigations and provide an interpretative report.
  • Define the piling methodology and provide a design for the bearing piles.
  • Provide a pile specification including recommendations for pile testing.
  • Review of pile test results.
As a result of the considerable height of the development the bearing piles were required to resist compressive loads of up 28MN, requiring piles of up to 1.5m in diameter with 60N/mm2 concrete. A number of instrumented preliminary pile test were performed using O-Cell technology to allow direct assessment of the shaft capacities in the different types of bedrock found beneath the site.

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