Cairo, Egypt

City Centre Almaza

City Centre Almaza is a new project owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties Egypt. It is an urban development project to establish a five-star shopping center with a range of retail and unique selling points, as well as leisure and entertainment facilities. The site is located at the ring road between Heliopolis and Nasr City districts of Cairo. City Centre Almaza is located at the intersection of Suez Road and Autostrad Road. The total land area is 123,658 m2 (approximately 30 Feddans). The Project mainly consists of a cinema complex, hypermarket (Carrefour), retail Stores, food court, parking spaces, building services (substation, energy center, etc.). The vision for City Centre Almaza is to create a super-regional mall attracting visitors from the most affluent suburbs of Cairo and Giza by offering a world class retail experience with the best range of retailers, complemented by world class entertainment.

Description

City Centre Almaza has been designed with sustainability at the forefront in line with Majid Al Futtaim sustainable development criteria, incorporating large arrays of photovoltaic solar panels to supply more than 7.5% of the total energy demand. Almaza translates as diamond in Arabic. The design vision is for City Centre Almaza to be the new jewel of Heliopolis. The intention was to take past philosophies, planning and design aspirations for Heliopolis and update them for today’s lifestyle and community needs. From here, a narrative evolves that allows Almaza to reach for the highest levels of community relevance in public space design, retail provision and leisure & entertainment facilities. An energy model was carried out to analyze the building energy performance which shows a 14.57% reduction over ASHRAE 90.1-2007, without considering the renewable energy contribution.

Project info

Construction phase
New construction
Building type
Non-residential building
Detailed building type
Retail / Trade
Net floor area
123658 m2
Stories
2 stories
Original construction year of the building
2016
Project contact
Majid Al Futtaim Properties Egypt - Diaa Yahia - Egypt Country Head
Contact email address
diaa.yahia@maf.ae

Project team

Developer(s)/owner(s)
Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Architect(s)
Archimid Consultant
Construction contractor(s)
JV CCC-HAC
Energy efficiency consultant(s)
Shaker Consultant
HVAC consultant(s)
Shaker Consultant

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems
LEED

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
All outer building boundary are thermally insulated blockwork (ISO Block) walls with some Granite base, GRC cladding is used on the iconic Cinema façade.
U-Value
0.45 W/(m²*K)

Roof

Description of construction
Roof construction is typically insulated using A Multilayer Waterproofing and thermal shock resistant roof (COMBO roof system), supported on both concrete slabs and metal trapezoidal liner trays and the primary steel frame beams under screed to falls.
U-Value
0.24 W/(m²*K)

Openings and windows

U-Value glass
1.3 W/(m²*K)
Overall u-value window
2.1 W/(m²*K)
Description of construction
Entrance Glazing and Skylights are typically thermally broken aluminum framed double glazed units with air space cavity.The total system including the frame works is categorized as 2.1 (2,0 W/M2K – 2,8 W/M2K), Horizontal Glazing: SHGC: 0.36

Technical Building Systems

Ventilation system

Type of ventilation
Mechanical ventilation system without heat recovery
Description
The project is to be mechanically ventilated/air conditioned to provide a comfortable environment with a high level of indoor air quality for the building’s occupants. Fresh air is supplied through dedicated outdoor air handling units with all mean of filtration and treatment with the required rate as per ASHRAE standard 62.1. Additionally, all leasable areas have a provision of chilled water by tenant, whilst it has the fresh air and exhaust air provisions to maintain the IAQ at acceptable levels and not to negatively affect the projects’ IAQ.

Space cooling system

Primary space cooling system
Centralised chiller │Usually a central system located in the basement
Description
Centralized water-cooled chiller system is provided to generate the chilled water to project’s spaces entirely. Central air handling units are maintaining the Indoor air conditions at the required levels with all means of filtration and treatment. CO2 sensors are provided in the high density occupied spaces to keep IAQ at acceptable levels. Outdoor air delivery is monitored and controlled through Building Management System.

Water heater system

Primary water heater system
Dedicated gas heater (dedicated = just hot water generation)

Lighting system

Primary lighting system
LED (Light emitting diode lamps)
Description
Lighting Controls: Occupancy Sensors, Timers and BMS

Shading devices

Type of shading system installed
Static (fix) shading systems as part of the building architecture (e.g. Maschrabiyya, porch roofs, pergolas)
Description
shading screen panels have been designed under skylight units, to provide further shading to glazed elements and to prevent glair inside the mall corridors.

Photovoltaics

Description
PV Panels on project associated car park roof with 4.71% renewable energy production of total project energy based on cost
Manufacturer(s) / products
Metering Building level metering is provided for main utility provisions, in addition to Sub-metering for all utilities for all leasable areas (electricity, chilled water thermal load-BTU meters, water meters, natural gas meters wherever applicable)

Other technical building systems

Description
Building energy performance shows 14.57% Reduction over ASHRAE 90.1-2007 without considering the renewable energy contribution