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QUICK TURNAROUNDS

The UAE has gained itself a reputation for having fast turnarounds. Each time you travel from one city to another, or sometimes even one area to another, you’ll likely notice a new building. Then, you catch yourself wondering whether it was always there, if something changed to make it seem more noticeable or if it’s simply just brand new.

WHAT FUELS THESE FAST TURNAROUNDS?

The root cause behind all this new infrastructure development?

According to a recent Emirates NBD survey; over the last few years, the country has seen an increase in the number of restaurants, luxury retail chains and business offices (with Dubai’s tourism sector experiencing growth at a slightly faster rate than other economic sectors in the city). Thus driving the need for more commercial design.

Future projections for increased spend on infrastructure and government investments have supported a steady increase in the country’s travel and tourism sector as well.

As Dubai works towards its Tourism Vision and 2020 goals, hotel development is at the forefront of new efforts and when it comes to hospitality, Dubai definitely has a competitive edge.

HOW ARE DESIGNERS WORKING WITH THESE TURNAROUND TIMES?

When a high-profile tenant is looking to start a business that will boost the economy, it’s likely that they’ll demand a purpose-built space within a short time. For designers, contractors, and developers, this means following a fast-track schedule.

In fast-track delivery, numerous elements of construction and design are carried out simultaneously so that the project is completed on time. This is well-suited to phases like site development-related design since this paves the way for the crucial date when construction is set to begin.

Designers are constantly on their feet because, in commercial design, move-in and occupancy dates are rigid. In such scenarios, a fast-track methodology makes all the difference between obtaining a well-known client and missing out on a grand business opportunity.

However, taking the fast-track route is part of a necessity and is no easy task. Experts say there are certain factors that help bring some stability to (and prevent disruptions in) such a dynamic process. For instance:

  • Implement an established prototype (don’t start from scratch!)

  • Understand the developers’ and contractors’ communication styles (establish what these will be at the start)

  • Create strategic relationships with one’s partners (this is best practice anyway)


ADAPTING TO SUDDEN CHANGE

Nonetheless, the fast track route isn’t immune to sudden changes.

Instead of trying to find ways to reverse them, the best way to handle these changes is to adapt to them.

Whenever a part of the project team makes updates to the plan, it’s essential that the development is communicated to everyone.

This ensures new additions and revisions are successfully integrated into the final project.

Remember, change is inevitable so the best thing one can do is to be in control of the situation.

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