Kantharyar Centre developers turn to steel for speed
ASIA Myanmar Consortium Development (AMCD) will build the last two 20-storey buildings of the Kantharyar Centre Project using a high-tech steel structure in order to make sure the project is finished on time, according to AMCD officials.
The project is a partnership between AMCD and Yangon City Development Committee, and consists of a residential tower, an office tower, a hotel and a tower of serviced apartments.
The residential and office towers – also over 20 storeys – were built using the iron and reinforced concrete approach common to most Myanmar buildings. But the whole project is scheduled to be finished in December 2017, and in order to hit the completion date AMCD has altered plans and will build the hotel and serviced apartments using a steel structure, according to U Nyein Aung, executive director of AMCD.
He said the hotel and serviced apartment buildings, which will be transferred over to YCDC once they are finished, would be the first time buildings of such size had been built with a steel structure in Myanmar. That technology is mostly used for buildings up to 12 storeys high in Myanmar, U Nyein Aung said.
“We’ll build 20 storey steel [structured] buildings in Myanmar for the first time,” he said, adding that the firm decided to switch its plans for the remaining two buildings in order to finish by the agreed date, he said.
U Nyein Aung could not comment on the anticipated cost of the two blocks following the chance in plans, but the whole project is expected to cost around US$150 million.
In addition to helping the project finish on schedule there are several other advantages to the steel structure approach, according to Fan Rong Feng, director of Heng Rui Integrated Technology, which will help build the last two Kantharyar Centre blocks.
‘There will be less mess at the construction site because steel gets cut at the factory.’
Fan Rong Feng Heng Rui Integrated Technology
“The steel in steel-structured buildings can be reused,” he said. “It’s easier to transport, there will be less mess at the construction site because steel gets cut at the factory and [the building] can [better] resist earthquakes.”
Kantharyar Centre is being built near the southern fringe of Kandawgyi Lake. AMCD has the land on a 50-year lease, plus two 10-year extensions, based on a build-operatetransfer agreement.