Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Thailand

Located in Bangkok, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) is a large international exhibition centre that plays host to major conventions and congresses.

Since opening its doors in 1997, it has undergone a series of expansions and developments to accommodate the evolving demands of its clientele.

Aurecon has been involved in several development and improvement projects on BITEC, including the following:

Bhiraj Tower at BITEC

With the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Bhiraj Buri Group invested in expanding the BITEC exhibition space and to build a new office, to reinforce its position as Thailand’s leading trade show centre, offering spaces for meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibits and related businesses.

The 300 000 m2 expansion will comprise:

  • 2 100 m2 of meeting room facilities;
  • 3 600 m2 of convention halls;
  • 21 000 m2 of exhibit halls; and
  • 32 000 m2 of office spaces

Aurecon Thailand was appointed to provide full civil and structural design services.

There are two key challenges that Aurecon needs to address:

  • The 108 metre column-free span over the exhibit area; and
  • The construction sequence of the roof structure

With the expert guidance of Aurecon Global Director for Excellence and Expertise, Dr. Kouroush Kayvani (designer of the Wembley Stadium in the UK), the project team is well on its way to achieving optimum design outcomes for the client.

This expansion project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Flood protection

Aurecon undertook the civil and structural design of the piled-road slab, the underground box-culvert and perimeter fence for BITEC II on Bangna-Trad Road.

The piled-road slab is designed with an underground culvert which will be supported on piles and used for the drainage system of BITEC’s Phase 2 expansion. The perimeter fence is supported on piled slab and used as a “dyke wall” to protect the site from high flooding.

This project was completed in 2012.

Skywalk (BITEC II)

The Skywalk was completed in 2011 to safely connect visitors to and from BITEC and the Bangna train station.

Aurecon was appointed to extend the existing service lift to serve the B2 level with the intent of re-using the existing lift machine. Previously the lift stopped only at level B1.

The scope of work involved:

Exhibition Hall 105

This exhibition hall was a new addition in 2001, comprising a total area of 7 600 m2, with a clear roof span of 51 metres. The project was constructed on a “Design and Build” basis with Bilfinger Berger. Aurecon was tasked with the civil and structural design that made use of fully bolted steel trusses, to help address the very tight construction timeline.

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