Emirates REIT, the UAE’s first regulated Shari’a-compliant Real Estate Investment Trust has appointed Foster + Partners to reconfigure the retail mall and design ready to occupy office floors at Index Tower, located in the DIFC. Emirates REIT owns 16.64 office floors in the building, 1,404 car parking spaces and the retail mall located over ground and podium levels as well as the sky lobby.
Foster + Partners, one of the best known international architectural firms, was selected following a highly competitive tender process. As the original architects of Index Tower they presented strong plans to drive customer footfall across the retail floors; including, adding significant leasable area, redesigning and updating the podium landscaping and improving customer access into the Tower.
To accommodate the strong demand for ready to occupy smaller office space in the DIFC, Foster + Partner has also been appointed as interior architect for several office floors.Sylvain Vieujot, Executive Deputy Chairman of Emirates REIT Management (Private) Limited, said:
“Following the commencement of marketing and leasing activities, the appointment of architects is an important step in realising our plans for the Index Tower.
This will help us provide a full offer in the DIFC, ranging from small offices which have been fitted-out and are ready to occupy to large shell and core floor-plates. The redesign of the retail space aims to increase the number of outlets and open up street access. This appointment sets in motion our plans to make Index Tower a unique and exciting retail and leisure destination, complementary to amenities and attractions in nearby Downtown.”
Index Tower is a landmark ‘Grade A’ mixed multi-purpose tower with 80 stories, designed by Foster + Partners and completed in 2011. The building comprises 25 office floors, 3 levels of retail outlets, 40 residential apartment floors, and 7 dedicated penthouse levels.
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