Aurecon wins major property project in the Philippines

SM Megamall Towers - Photo credit: Arquitectonica

Photo credit: Arquitectonica

15 December 2015 - Aurecon has been appointed by property developer SM Prime Holdings Inc. to provide structural engineering design services for a major new project in the Philippines - the SM Megamall Towers, a high-rise office building being developed in Metro Manila.

The project is being developed by SM Prime Holdings, one of the largest integrated property developers both in the Philippines and the wider Southeast Asia region.

Global engineering consultant Aurecon will work closely with Arquitectonica, the architect on the project, helping the company bring its vision to reality from the concept engineering phase right through design development.

“Our involvement in this exciting project is to provide ingenious engineering solutions that achieve the critical balance between a dependable structure and one that expresses the architect’s aesthetic vision,” said Aurecon’s Market Director – Built Environment, Asia, John Webb, “Our experts know a challenge when they see one, and Aurecon is honoured to be entrusted with ensuring this project achieves the monumental engineering success it deserves. One of the biggest challenges with this ambitious architectural design will be addressing the very high loadings from both typhoons and earthquakes that occur in the Philippines.”

Solving SM Megamall Towers design challenge

The 50-storey SM Megamall Towers development will dominate the heart of Ortigas in Mandaluyong City, a major commercial business district within Metro Manila. The Tower’s 124 200 square-metre floor area will also feature three levels of underground parking, plus above-ground parking.

Aurecon will lend its structural engineering expertise to four initial phases of the project, including concept design, schematic design, design development and construction documentation review.

Once complete, SM Megamall Towers will incorporate first-class amenities, designed and built to the highest international standards. The Towers will also feature a direct link to SM Megamall, one of the biggest shopping malls in Southeast Asia.

“The tower is S-shaped in elevation,” said John Webb. “And so one of the biggest challenges is developing a structure that can be constructed effectively with edges that move in or out at every level without compromising the ability to withstand seismic activity.”

The SM Megamall Towers will add to Aurecon’s growing portfolio of landmark projects in Southeast Asia. Aurecon’s expertise includes work on some of the most high profile international projects of recent years, including: the Shanghai Tower; the Mapletree Business City and VivoCity, also in Shanghai; Wembley National Stadium in London; Motion Gate in Dubai; and the World Tower Melbourne. For these and other projects, Aurecon has collaborated with numerous major international architects, including Foster, Denton Corker Marshall, Gensler, Broadway Malyan, Hassell, Cox, and Woods Bagot.

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