All Mega-Structures

  • Hong Kong

    Hong Kong to become an even bigger international aviation hub

    A new three-runway system will strengthen Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international aviation hub. The US$18bn mega-project will expand Hong Kong International Airport from the current two-runway syst... more
  • Dubai

    Contract awarded for A$224M Dubai project

    Middle East‐based HLG Contracting, [foo]in which CIMIC Group has a 45% investment,[/foo] has been awarded a contract with revenue of AED619 million (A$224 million) for the construction of the EXPO Village Par... more
  • Johannesburg

    A new city in Johannesburg

    In South Africa cities and urban areas are growing rapidly as more people leave rural areas to become urbanised work seekers in a crowded urban environment. In many cases this has resulted in areas growing expo... more
  • Singapore

    Singapore development lets people work, live, shop, play and relax

    Located in Singapore’s most progressive city precinct at the heart of the URA’s urban regeneration masterplan, the major SGD$3.2 billion (AUD 2.9 billion) Paya Lebar Quarter project is developed by Lendlea... more

Smart engineering brings Thailand’s tallest building to life

MahaNakhon Tower is the latest skyscraper to be added to Bangkok’s impressive skyline, and the tallest one at that. With a striking design resembling pixels, the skyscraper has become an iconic symbol in the city. At 314 m tall, construction of the skyscraper will be completed in late 2016, with the building set to open shortly thereafter. To ensure its success, the tower’s developer, PACE Development Corporation, enlisted the help of global engineering firm, Aurecon, to undertake peer review work on the building’s design and construction. As a trusted and leading consultant in designing supertall buildings, Aurecon helped PACE achieve a higher level of confidence that the design will meet the client’s high standards for building performance and statutory requirements on safety and speed of construction. Given the building’s unique pixelated design, the designs were also run... more

World-class International Airport in Dubai to expand

Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) will undergo a US$ 32bn expansion, which will enable the airport to accommodate more than 220 million passengers a year. Anticipated to be the biggest airport project in the world, the expansion  will be built in two phases over six to eight years. The first phase includes two satellite buildings with capacity for 120 million passengers annually and accommodate 100 A380 aircraft at any one time. The entire development will cover an area of 56 square kilometres. More than its size, the new airport’s uniqueness lies in a radically new approach to ensure that  latest technology and efficient processes will cut time spent completing travel formalities and reduce walking distances, enabling passengers to make fast and efficient connections between hundreds of destinations worldwide. DWC, Dubai’s second airport, opened its do... more

Crystal Lagoons the Star of Bayside Development

Crystal Lagoons, the multi-national technology company which this year established a Sydney base, has broken ground on its first lagoon in Texas. Partnering with Bayside Land Partners, the lagoon will be the star attraction in the luxury Bayside mixed-use development, located on Lake Ray Hubbard, 12km east of downtown Dallas. Crystal Lagoons’ Oceania Director Germàn Rocca said the Texas signing was yet more confirmation of increasing demand for the world’s top amenity. “The real estate community in the US has been quick to understand the benefits of Crystal Lagoons and the unique point of difference it can bring in a competitive market,” said Mr Rocca. “The Bayside development has many parallels with Australia where developers are competing for market share and looking for amenity that will attract buyers and permit a price premium for waterfront real estate.” Ba... more

Derelict quarry gets a new luxury life

A quarry is a rather unlikely destination for a luxury hotel. Perhaps that’s what makes the concept of Songjiang Quarry Hotel so awe-inspiring. Indeed, design and engineering consultancy Atkins won an international design competition for the five-star hotel back in August 2006 and their vision is in the process of being transformed into reality by Chinese developer Shimao Property. The satellite town of Songjiang is approximately 35 km from Shanghai city centre and well connected to existing transport infrastructure. Sprawling landscapes and natural beauty have made it a popular tourist destination and the district has been designated as an important local and national leisure resource. The design of the Songjiang Quarry Hotel is meant to reflect the natural landscape of the quarry. The winning concept was inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the ro... more

Mega project the size of Ang Mo Kio launching soon

A S$58.3 billion township the size of Ang Mo Kio is set to rise near the Tuas Second Link in the Johor Strait. The first phase of Forest City, a 14 sq km mixed-used development comprising four man-made islands, will launch in Singapore, China and Malaysia in the first quarter of 2016, but the sales gallery is already open for bookings. Aside from condominium units and high-rise coastal residences, Forest City also consists of hotels, retail centres, parks and leisure attractions, which will be developed in nine phases over 20 years. Country Garden Pacificview, the master developer, is jointly owned by Chinese property giant Country Garden Holdings and Johor’s Esplanade Danga 88. As part of long-term planning, Country Garden is in discussions with the Malaysian government to set up dedicated entry points to Forest City, such as a light rail transit system and a ferry network... more

Scandinavia’s tallest building

American architecture office Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been chosen ahead of four other practices, including Zaha Hadid to complete Scandinavia’s tallest building. Initiated by the SERNEKE group, the 230 metre tower is part of a larger development covering 32,000 square metres. This masterplan comprises residential accommodation, office space and a variety of retail outlets, intended to create an integrated and sustainable neighborhood. The tower will change the contours of both Gothenburg and Sweden forever, helping people find their home. The jury’s statement following the extensive architectural competition was as follows: “An identity-building proposal that takes a smart holistic approach to both the skyscraper and the urban environment. The proposal integrates the local environment into a whole that allows for a vibrant urban environment. The skyscraper... more