Ducab Headquarters is a three-storey office building with a build-up area of approximately 4,000 sqm. Located in the heart of Ducab’s industrial plant complex, it provides distinct brand identity and comfortable meeting spaces for visiting guests as well as modern office accommodation for its employees.
From the outset, the Headquarters building has been designed to be environmentally efficient and aims to achieve LEED Gold, Dubai Green Building and Safat Silver sustainability targets. The ground and first floors allow for a central core and double-height foyer serving open plan office wings to either side. The wings are long and narrow allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the occupied areas of the plan, and allowing all occupiers external views. The upper floor features outdoor planted terrace area, gym, canteen, training rooms and an executive boardroom within a feature cantilever over the main entrance. The philosophy is to shift the Headquarters towards being a place of employee wellbeing. The upper floor provides a break from the daily business which is intended to manifest itself in a happier, more productive working environment.
The roof has been designed to be free from the mechanical plant, providing an uncluttered aesthetic and leaving the space available for both occupant use and solar panels. A proportion of the building’s energy demands is met by on-site energy production, contributing to the building’s sustainability credentials. The plant is located in a separate adjacent building, aiding better weatherproofing, acoustic performance and efficient plant layout. Covered car and shared transport parking are provided externally, interlaced with locally-inspired landscaping.
Ramboll provided full project management and design services to the client, including architecture, mechanical & electrical engineering, sustainability consultancy, structural engineering, acoustics, contractor tendering management, cost consultancy, local authority liaison and architect of record services.