China continue to break records with new construction works
China continue to break current records within construction and infrastructural works, rivalling Dubai’s ambition to be the number one country for outlandish and impressive buildings. However, it has been recently revealed that a Chinese consortium has won the contract to construct two new twin towers which will surpass the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur by over 105m.
The twin towers will be constructed in Phnom Penh by Sino Great Wall International and Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group at a total cost of $2.7 billion in a new joint venture. Located along the Mekong River, the building will span 560 metres and incorporate 133 storeys within 1.6 million square metres.
Financed by the Thai Boon Roong Group and developer Sun Kian Ip Group, the mixed-use building will contain a hotel, residential space, shops, entertainment venues such as a theatre and social spaces, such as retail shops and restaurants, in addition to office spaces and underground parking space within the basement, all of which will support economic growth within the region.
China are becoming increasingly renowned not solely for their impressive buildings on land, but also their construction works placed at sea. To further drive tourism into the region, China has now become home to the longest floating walkway, spanning over 30 miles.
Officially opening on New Year’s Day in South-west China, the floating walkway is situated on the Hongshui River and is surrounded by over 20,000 entertainment props, such as a giant floating duck which has been secured at the bottom of the river and water slides, encouraging water sports within the area.
Rising and falling in line with the fluctuating water levels, it is hoped that the new structure will increase the number of tourists within the winter months, at which the walkway illuminates at night through the use of embedded lighting.
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Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.