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The Heart of Doha is a landmark development project in Doha, Qatar, to rejuvenate a 31-hectare site within the heart of the city. The aim is to preserve the historic, downtown of Doha and build new public spaces to revive the old commercial heart of the city.
The Heart of Doha is a large project consisting of 5 phases with a different contractor for each phase.
ATG Access was required to work alongside the main architect and each individual contractor to meet a broad range physical security requirements for the regeneration.
Meetings between ATG and the main project stakeholders began in 2011 with the first contract not being signed until 2015.
The majority of the area was to be built on top of a suspended slab structure which had sub-structures, including parking complexes and service networks. This posed a number of installation challenges that ATG would have to accommodate for in specifying solutions for the project.
Over 2,000 ATG Access products were specified and installed throughout the 5 phase project. The products included –
- Bolt-down static bollards
- Removable bollards
- Shallow mount bollards
- Automatic bollards
- Road blockers
- Manual gates
Working with Gensler; the Engineering Consultant, ATG developed an entire suite of engineered solution bollards designed for a through-slab installation called the SP180 range. Around 520 shallow foundation bollards, 150 automatic bollards and 50 lift-out bollards were ordered from the engineered range to protect the urban area.
The automatic bollards were developed to have integral hydraulics to minimise the number of hoses and cables being installed within the slab. ATG also worked alongside Burns & McDonnell (B&M) to aid them with the perimeter design. Different areas of the site required alternative product types which were to be spaced at varying increments.
To match the higher security specification and the existing installation, ATG offered the client the Gladiator – a shallow foundation bollard with a lighting lid engineered to match the existing install.
The Gladiator is a unique product in that ATG captured full transferrable energy statistics during the product’s impact test. This informs the client exactly what sort of energy transfer they can expect to the surrounding slab structure in the event of an impact.
Other products installed throughout the 5 phase project included the Sentinel Road Blocker and Bolt-Down static bollards. These were installed within the underground car park area to prevent vehicles from hitting the walls and damaging the substructure of the buildings and the suspended slab.
Some of the shallow foundation bollards were also installed next to pedestrian crossings, protecting visitors from accidental impact and careless driving. Unique to this project, some automatic products were installed where trams cross roadways to protect vehicles from moving trams.
ATG’s ability to deliver a completely new, engineered solution to meet the specific site requirements won the contract. This was crucial for the end client. With a Regional Manager based in Dubai and a strong local partner, support was rapid and efficient. ATG Access’ holistic, turnkey solutions offered the client a level of support which cannot be matched in the region by competitors.
ATG’s local partner in Qatar is Arabian Construction Engineering (ACEC). ACEC was in charge of the installation and electrical commissioning alongside an ATG Project Manager and an ATG Electrical Engineer supervising the project. A local CAD designer was employed directly to work on the project and produce designs and drawings for the end client. As the project progresses, ACEC will be in charge of the maintenance contract and after-sales support.
ATG was able to provide the project stakeholders with a complete solution from design to after-sales support; having already established an excellent reputation in the region following the momentous NDIA project and delivering over 4,000 bollards. With local manufacturing capabilities in Abu Dhabi, deliveries were able to be quick and flexible, meeting demanding project schedules.