Beirut - Lebanon, Middle East
As a developing country, one of the key issues we face in Lebanon is its unkempt infrastructure. Commissioned by Beirut Port Authority, Dar joins the growing movement towards fighting said issue with its rehabilitation and extension of the Beirut Port. In addition, Dar also conducted tender analyses and supervised various upgrades in the port.
When upgrading the port, we rehabilitated the existing cargo area and the infrastructure of the port. We also upgraded the existing buildings, cranes and handling equipment, and marine works such as quay walls and marine protection structures. We facilitated transport inside the port through conducting a traffic study for a bus shuttle system.
Our work on the port also included supervision of the building of a container terminal, 5 administrative buildings over an area of 18,000 m2, a 10,000-m2 warehouse, a parking area for 700 cars and 250 container trucks, and a 2,000-m2 park. Moreover, we supervised the construction of a detached breakwater and provided design office support.
We made the port more effective and capable of accommodating the traffic that it faces.
The project was to create a community-oriented project on the waterfront that acts as a catalyst for regeneration of the port and the City of Beirut and accelerate the City’s transformation into a Mediterranean Cruise capital.
An international benchmarking exercise of best practice in waterfront development started the design process. This included waterfront regeneration projects in Europe and the Mediterranean, flexible land use mixes for urban cruise port terminals, cultural and entertainment zones on the water, community activities (including markets, events and exhibitions) and a palette of architectural moods and landscape themes, including industrial, maritime and contemporary
Chosen design elements included decks, pedestrian bridges, observation platforms and shelters, features such as light-towers, and recycled materials such as re-used containers and industrial elements.
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