Hub Zero, Dubai

Project name: Hub Zero

Programme: Indoor family entertainment center

Area (GFA): 18800 sqm

Position: Design Manager for Samsung C&T Corporation (Project Management Consultant)

Developer: Meraas Holdings

Project description:
Indoor family entertainment centre containing rides and attractions for the whole family; 14 of which are related to renown IP holders in the gaming industry (e.g. DreamWorks, EA, Capcom). The park concept is inspired in a vortex which transports the guest into the IPs world to “live the game” in a tech-edge theming atmosphere. It is located within Dubai’s City Walk which has an array of amenities including retail and F&B outlets as well as many other entertainment centres for the whole family.

Key stakeholders: Meraas Holdings, U+A Architects, Ramboll Engineers, Besix Contracting Company, Riva Parks, Pico Fit-out Contractor and local Authorities

Main responsibilities: The project delivery strategy was designed based on a design & build fashion and split between a Main Contractor for the shell & core building and a Fit-out Contractor for the interior works, since the interior design was heavily themed. As a Design Manager my main responsibilities were coordinating the design between the shell & core design & build Contractor and the fit-out works design & build Contractor. Liaising with the IP holders and rides’ vendors for each of the park rides and making sure their requirements were considered by the fit-out Contractor and the provisions of the same were made by the shell & core Contractor. My role also included supervising the works to ensure these were executed in line with the design.

Major achievements: Liaising with several Consultants and Contractors, including a team of specialist Consultants for each trade of the park (theme park operators, script writers, special effects specialists, audio and video specialist, theming specialists, lighting specialists and ride specialists). Making sure all requirements were considered in the design and coordinating with all parties whilst complying with local Authorities regulations and requirements. Another big challenge of this project was meeting the Developer’s expectation in terms of the look and feel of the place, which was to create an immersive environment achieved through a very detailed and heavily themed interior design. As all projects were IP holders are involved the major achievement on this project was obtaining IP holder approval for all the design and construction works.

Project status: Construction completed May 2016.