Central Market, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Al Bahr Tower, Abu Dhabi
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Al Bahr Towers houses the headquarters of two major economic powers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi investment Council and Hilal Bank. The Project earned the first innovation accolade under this year’s best tall buildings awards, from the council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based association. Designed by AEDAS Architects and aided by Arup Engineers, the project addresses the aspiration of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to take a leadership role in the area of sustainability by the inclusion and design of a dynamic facade that is adorned with hundreds of screens as a modern interpretation of the traditional Middle Eastern “Mashrabiya” and that is computer controlled opening and closing like umbrellas to shade the surface of the buildings from the sun and responding to optimal solar and lighting conditions.

Description of Ironmongery Specification
Three different finishes were supplied to this project:

  • A reflective polished stainless steel finishes for the Front of House areas that provided a fresh look.
  • Satin stainless steel finishes for the Back of House areas that included a durable, functional and commercially viable selection.
  • A bespoke bronze finish colour matching other (non ironmongery) bronze architectural finishing products fitted in the Auditorium area.

The highlight of this project was the bespoke and unique Oval design lever handles and matching Oval design pull handles, supplied to the Front of House area and Auditorium, which were designed exclusively for this project. The lever handles were fitted with Concealed Bearing Technology to minimize friction during the rotation of the lever handle.

The Auditorium presented a major challenge to ensure that the architectural ironmongery supplied was finished in the same bespoke bronze colour that was selected by the architect for all other major finishing products installed.

Security was a major concern and the design brief included specifying and supplying access control hardware. Silver Shore supplied access control accessories that included amongst other items concealed loops, electric locks, electromagnetic locks, door sensors and push to escape buttons.

Conformity with building and Fire Regulations
Silver Shore, working alongside other parties on the project including the timber and steel door manufacturer, ensured that all hardware fitted complied with the relevant building and fire codes within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and that all products supplied were third party tested to Certifier and CE Schemes and met all the specific requirement of the Civil Defence including positive latching functions on all fire rated doors.