Construction work on Amiri Diwan of Kuwait’s Palace of Justice, located in the heart of Kuwait City, is progressing according to the schedule, with the project being 34% complete.
The project, ground on which broke in Q1 2019, comes as part of Kuwait’s plans to modernize its judicial system. It is being implemented under a collaboration between the Amiri Diwan and Kuwait-based architecture and engineering firm, Pace.
Initial site works on the project commenced with the removal of the existing parking lot and the construction of the new structure in its place, parallel to the existing palace, which according to Pace will be subsequently demolished and replaced.
Currently, the relocation and refurbishment of services and utilities, in addition to electromechanical and finishes works are being carried out at the project’s site.
Upon completion, the Palace of Justice will be the largest judicial building in the Middle East. Covering an area of 33,384.5m2, the development overlooks the Arabian Gulf.
The building will comprise more than 141 courtrooms and around 131,000m2 of office space spread over 26 floors.
Talking about the design of the building, Eng. Ebrahim Ashkanani, of the Amiri Diwan, said that “the building’s design, with its solid plaza and two floating cantilevered towers, or wings, symbolises the scale of justice”.
He added: “We sought a design that would reflect Kuwait’s enduring commitment to justice and communicate solidarity and a strong foundation for all new beginnings, with every feature supporting its dual-functionality as a space for both the people and the government.”
A monolith structure
Commissioned by the Amiri Diwan, Pace is responsible for the full architectural design and construction supervision of the project.
According to Architect Tarek Shuaib, the CEO of Pace — which is a “long term development partner of the Amiri Diwan”, the company is using “fast-track construction technologies, to complete over 67% of structural works in record time”.
Talking further about the design of the project, Shuaib said: “The monolith structure houses two fractions that are joined together to create a glistening hollow expanse in the centre, which resembles a golden geode inspired by the traditional geometry of the Middle East.”
“Underneath the towers sits a public plaza which forms the entryway into the entire facility, with its open and transparent welcoming concourse”.
Despite the challenges and limitations being faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all stakeholders involved in the project worked collaboratively to keep the project on-track.
According to Ashkanani, health and safety measures were a priority on site, and the project’s entire team had been committed to maintaining the highest standards of health and safety during all phases of construction.
“Works have resumed with a heightened focus on the health, safety, and wellbeing of all those involved – including workers, site engineers, and office staff,” said Ashkanani.
“All those working on the project are always equipped with their all necessary safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, goggles or face shields, safety vests and shoes. Social distancing guidelines are also being closely observed throughout the project,” he added.
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