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For a business that has a healthcare background, the interior design of the new Abu Dhabi headquarters of Daman Health Insurance had to emphasise the core values of this specialist health insurer and the priority it places on the health and wellbeing of its people. As part of this vision, Optima worked with the designer, Bluehaus, and contractor, ISG, on creating a contemporary and stylish interior which promotes collaboration and increases productivity whilst ensuring the wellbeing of staff.
Located in the Finance Tower within the ADNEC Exhibition Centre area of Abu Dhabi, the headquarters of the region’s leading health insurance provider required a fit-out of 15 floors of high specification office accommodation. In order to create an environment which fostered interaction between staff, Bluehaus’ design aimed to ‘bring the outside in’ through full height glazing and bright green carpeting to stimulate foliage that seamlessly transitions into the office space. Vertical gardens or green walls also added to the sense of wellbeing within the office.
Glass partitioning was central to making the design a reality, bringing clear transparency as well as acoustic control between offices, conference rooms and break-out areas where staff could congregate, communicate and hold informal meetings.
Optima’s 117 plus, an elegant single glazed system with minimal framework and discreet glass-to-glass joints, was selected in order to reach a good level of acoustic performance. It can accommodate a range of glass thicknesses, in order to achieve the required acoustic performance. The single glazing system can achieve an impressive Rw33dB with 12mm toughened glass and Rw38dB with 12.8mm thick acoustic laminated glass.
Now complete, Optima’s design and installation has delivered a workspace for this health insurance company which strikes the right balance between staff wellbeing and collaboration, whilst at the same time ensuring acoustic requirements were met in areas which required privacy.
Commenting on the collaborative work with Optima, Darren Pavitt, Preconstruction Director at ISG said: “This large value project had a very strict timeline which necessitated a contractor we could work with at the same pace as us. Optima was a great partner as they could scale up, and back, with their site team when required and were able to do so with ease.”