Design of aesthetically pleasing bridges for the Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of Gulf’s biggest real estate development projects. A major infrastructure program is currently under way and as part of the new road network four new bridges, with the main spans of up to 126 metres, are being built. The client’s desire was for the bridges to be of high aesthetic and engineering quality. The most prominent feature of the structure is its soffit which comprises a crescent shaped curved and dished profile. The solution adopted for the bridge design is essentially a three span continuous post tensioned box girder structure but to provide a visual effect of a single span structure the two back spans “disappear” inside the abutment structures. The concept of a multi span box girder appears simple but the geometric requirements of a structure increasing in cross section not only in depth but also in width of the box posed serious challenges to the design team. The project was delivered successfully to a very tight time scale taking local environmental conditions into account while designing the structure to British Standards. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211602.


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  • Accession Number: 01011253
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855886986
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:57PM