Ferrari World
illustration: courtesy ALDAR Properties
Project data
Client: ALDAR Properties
Architects: Benoy
Completion: October 2010
Value: £522.4m

Services we provided
Building services
Facade engineering
Fire & safety
Ground engineering
Masterplanning and urban development
Structural engineering

The team
John Joyce
Mohsen Vaziri

Ferrari World

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE ¤

The leisure oasis of Yas Island is 25 sq km in area, with a beach front shoreline of some 30km. This is the home of the vast theme park called Ferrari World, as well as a retail complex and new Formula One racetrack.

The theme park project was driven by its fast track design and construction programme, and using our engineers and specialists across Ramboll's network of offices, we provided a responsive service that ensured that the tight programme challenges were met.

Our early involvement with the theme park focused on the schematic design of its 90,000 sq m roof. Below the roof are three concrete frame levels — the undercroft at ground level, a mezzanine and the Plaza level, where most of the Ferrari-themed attractions are located. Columns are set on a grid of 10.75m x 8.65m, matching the piling grid below. This supporting structure takes the weight of the 19 separate steel frame buildings that house the rides.

While the lower part of the structure is open to the air, the Plaza level is enclosed. Our façade engineers worked on this aspect, together with the 'glass funnel' at the centre of the roof. Two sets of huge rollercoasters are located at the roof's extremities and we are engineering their foundations and station buildings.

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