Old Town Commercial Island

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Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a population of over 3.33 million people as of September 2019. Built on the coast of the country, the city is a modern metropolis with skyscrapers, man-made marinas, and lakes, and is home to the world's tallest building, the Buji Khalifa.

The city is constantly developing, including the construction of the Old Town Island, located in Dubai’s downtown area, to further expand the city. This new region would bring more residential and commercial opportunities to the city.


Grosvenor - Outcome 1


retail space in the  
style of traditional souk

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linking directly to The Dubai Mall

Old Town Island Dubai - Outcome 3

Classic Arabian

architecture style 

The development of Dubai’s Old Town created a high-end low-rise cluster of buildings in the city’s Downtown Burj Dubai district. The buildings are a mix of residential and commercial outlets, including hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, and cafes, creating a vibrant community in this new district of Dubai.

Neighborhoods contain a mixture of exquisite low-rise waterfront apartments, 35,000 square meters of retail in the style of a traditional souk, 8,000 square meters of boutique offices, and a five-star hotel. With a bridge linking it directly to The Dubai Mall, the island is at the very heart of Burj Dubai's downtown.


The architectural style of the new development was described as Art Deco and designed with classic Arabian architecture in mind.

As part of their work on the project, Principal Contractors, Al Naboodah Laing O'Rourke, requested the implementation of Asite’s Common Data Environment. This included a comprehensive Workflow Management solution which streamlined processes and ensured collaboration and security across all documents associated with the project.


Upon completion, the Old Town Island development encompassed 3m 2ft of commercial, residential, and retail units. The residential units made up 35% of the development with these high-end homes fitted with smart technology and modern comforts, such as gyms, Jacuzzis, and swimming pools.

The 33 freehold offices in The Old Town Island are home to a variety of tenants, from financial institutions to property developers, and the retail units are home to numerous retail outlets, including clothing stores, sports shops, home accessories, cafes, restaurants, and bars.


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(London, United Kingdom) - ABP (Advanced Business Park) is a Chinese developer with extensive experience in turning regeneration sites into thriving business ports. The company has established a reputation for developing large-scale enterprise districts and, in 2013, expanded its operations to the UK. ABP was chosen by the Greater London Authority for the Royal Albert Dock project in East London.

ABP Royal Albert Dock is a mixed-use £1.7 billion scheme, aiming to deliver 4.7 million sq ft of development on a 35-acre site and transform the area into London’s third business and financial district. The project is one of the largest development schemes planned for the UK capital and will see the creation of a diverse trading hub.

Considered one of the capital’s most successful regeneration projects in recent years, the scheme aims to create a vibrant hub with supporting residential, retail and leisure facilities across 88 new buildings and three restored historic buildings, all serviced by important transport links, including Crossrail.

The largest development scheme of its kind, Royal Albert Dock will be delivered in six phases. Phase one was completed in 2019 and has seen 460,000 sq ft of office space created across 21 buildings. The community includes workspaces with flexible rental periods, ranging from 1,300 to 460,000 sq ft. The second phase is set to go through the planning process in early 2020; the intention is to include more office spaces, flats, and membership clubs.

Stanhope was chosen as the development manager on the project, and Asite assisted ABP in the selection process with the Greater London Authority, who owns the site. Asite provided a collaborative BIM solution along with a Bid, AppBuilder, and Workflow Management solutions.

The implementation allowed for better, more streamlined collaboration throughout the delivery of the initial phase of the project. Additionally, archive functionality allowed stakeholders to view all documentation stored during the life of the project, as well as access to their complete audit history.

With Asite’s support, business intelligence was delivered to teams on the ground in real-time, enabling decision-makers to harness instant information that influences the progress of the project positively.


Royal Albert Dock offers an affordable range of spaces along with flexible terms to accommodate growth. The scheme, with its 26-year lifespan, is well on its way to becoming a European hub for Asian investors who have recently committed themselves to the district despite the uncertainties of Brexit. With growing transport links and a community-led atmosphere, the area has the potential to become a beacon in East London and, more importantly, boost local employment by 30%.



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