Alma Resort, Vietnam

Aurecon lends its multi-disciplinary engineering expertise to Nha Trang District’s latest beach front property.

  • 30-hectare premium resort in Bai Dai Beach
  • Aurecon’s roles: MEP, infrastructure, structural, acoustic and façade design
  • Client: Paradise Bay Resort Co. Ltd | Architect: Ong & Ong

The coastal city of Nha Trang in southern Vietnam boasts white sandy beaches and several islets, earning it the moniker “Riviera of Vietnam”. Despite being popular with locals, it is not well-known to foreign travellers as a destination.

To boost tourism in the area and showcase what Nha Trang has to offer as an attraction, hospitality giant Paradise Bay Resort Co. Ltd appointed the global engineering, design and advisory company, Aurecon to engineer their premier property – Alma Resort.

Building a resilient, world-class beach resort

The Alma Resort development consists of two identical 12-storey buildings with 384 rooms and other guest amenities such as restaurants, bars, a lounge, and a theatre. In addition, the resort will house 196 bungalows and two-storey villas along the beachfront for guests who wish to be nearer the sea.

Aurecon was appointed to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, infrastructure, structural, acoustic and façade design with Ong & Ong, a Singapore-based multi-disciplinary design consultancy, as the architects.

To turn this vision into reality, they had to overcome a couple of challenges.

Firstly, the property location was susceptible to environmental factors such as weathering, erosion, and the threat of rising sea levels. To solve this, the 30-hectare development was constructed on top of a man-made hill with weather-proof materials, affording its future guests unobstructed scenic views of Nha Trang Bay along with refuge in case of flooding.

Secondly, the project’s accelerated timeline meant that a clear understanding of the client’s vision and close collaboration were required. Leveraging Aurecon’s previous experience on other similar large-scale developments, close coordination on this multi-disciplinary project meant that delivery went smoothly. As a result, the project is expected to be completed on time by December 2019.

For its ingenious and resilient design, Alma Resort was honoured with the Hotel Architecture and Leisure Architecture Awards at the 2016-2017 Asia Pacific Property Awards.

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