The exclusive beachfront complex complete with swimming pools and spa, is operated by Anantara of Thailand. In keeping with traditional Omani architecture the resort, which is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, caters for the growing number of tourists visiting Salalah, especially during the months of July and August. It is at this time the region is famous for its seasonal weather, locally known as monsoon or “Khareef”, when it is clothed in lush greenery and its hills surrounded by white fog.
Surrounded by palm trees, the idyllic holiday resort was constructed in just 24 months. Comments Mike Byrne RMD Kwikform, Business Development Manager: “Being classically designed low rise structures, the Carillion Alawi team required a cost effective solution for the casting of slabs and beams, that was simple and repeatable. Having a design and site support team based in Oman, we were able to design a solution using Kwikstage Propping and GTX timber beams to support the slab construction to meet the exacting requirements of the customer and quickly make changes as needed. “More importantly for the Carillion Alawi site team, we were also able to provide large amounts of equipment to site from stock held locally, sometimes at very short notice.”
Varying in height from 2.3 metres for the smallest chalets, to over 11 metres for the double height areas in the hotel, the Kwikstage Propping solution had to support the formation of slabs from 150mm up to 250mm thick. Constructed in phases the one and two bedroom chalets were cast first, with the three bedroom units following and the main hotel building completed last.
Mike: “We initially won the work for the one and two bedroom chalets, but as soon as the onsite team were familiar with the system, they opted to use it for the larger chalets and hotel. This helped to complete the concrete phase
of the project on time.” To support the delivery of the project within the 24 month construction period, RMD Kwikform provided onsite erection training and toolbox talks, to ensure erection and dismantling techniques were carried out safely and effectively.
Further support was provided as the project progressed, with regular site visits and pre pour inspections by the Site Assistance Technician, as well as engineering and design for the construction of the hotel. Commenting on the success of the project and working with RMD Kwikform, the Carillion Alawi project manager said: “Having worked with RMD Kwikform on a number of projects in Oman, including the landmark Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Niswa, we knew they had the in-country support to assist us with this project.
“In particular, with the timely opening of a permanent presence in Salalah, we were confident that the local support and engineering team in Muscat could deliver the level of service we expect from our suppliers. Building a strong relationship with the local team and through them the Muscat design team was very important, as this allowed us to make sure we had all of the drawings and designs for the various phases of the project.”