May 16, 2020

One Bangkok completes largest continuous Mat foundation concrete pour in southeast Asia

Infrastructure
Thailand
Major Projects
Dan Weatherley
2 min
One Bangkok Mat foundation concrete pour
One Bangkok has emphasised its commitment to local infrastructure growth by completing a record-breaking MAT foundation concrete pour over a 33 hour-and...

One Bangkok has emphasised its commitment to local infrastructure growth by completing a record-breaking MAT foundation concrete pour over a 33 hour-and-15-minute period.

The work, which took place at the site of One Bangkok, involved coordination of 547 trucks which provided 23,725 cu m of concrete for the pour. The major construction highlight took place in February 2020 for an office building at the mixed-use site, when joint venture holders TCC Assets and Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand), together with Concrete Products and Aggregate Co., Ltd. (CPAC), and partners K.C.S. & Associates Co., Ltd., Stonehenge Inter Plc and Italian-Thai Development Corporation Limited, completed the pour.

One Bangkok showed undue consideration during the work which saw no major disruption to the surrounding community. This is thanks to several measures that were introduced during the pouring including wash bays for vehicles before leaving the site, dust control system around the site in addition to air and noise pollution sensors and the cleaning and weeping of all adjoining roads and footpaths.

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, numerous health and cleanliness measures were brought in during this time to ensure workers’ wellbeing during the outbreak.

 

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A 4.5-meter thick foundation was used for the 170-metre tower, ploying 2,200 tons of reinforced steel. The concrete is a special low-head material that contains a high compressive strength of 600-kilograms per square centimetre which is even higher than what was used for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.

The importance of this milestone occasion has highlighted One Bangkok’s ambition to set new benchmarks across Southeast Asia, including Thailand through its unmatched industry knowledge and the experience of its partners. Following the Mat foundation pouring, One Bangkok will continue to build towards building the status of the nation as a global leader.

The entire project, which aims t be a global landmark destination, is set to open in 2023, and will consist of a range of mixed-use units including a selection of grade-A office buildings, a number of luxury and lifestyle hotels and residential towers in addition to retail precincts and several art and cultural hubs.

Check out the website to learn more about the fully-integrated district that will shape Thailand’s skyline for the future.

 

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Skanska
offices
Sustainability
Drones
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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