CocoBay Da Nang Resort, Vietnam

Aurecon has been appointed to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and structural design services for the first phase of the CocoBay Da Nang Resort

Investing 11 000 billion VND, developer Empire Group aspires to build a luxurious entertainment and leisure complex of world-class calibre in the central city of Da Nang, Vietnam – on par with the glitzy resorts in Las Vegas.

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon has been appointed by Empire Group to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and structural design services for the first phase of the CocoBay Da Nang Resort.

“Aurecon is proud to leverage our global experience in world-class resorts and hotels to help Empire Group recreate the glamourous experience of Las Vegas in Vietnam,” says Tuyen Bui, Aurecon’s Country Manager – Vietnam.

“With the vision to be South East Asia’s leading hospitality and entertainment hub, CocoBay Da Nang Resort promises to be a new phenomenon in the real estate market of Vietnam, offering attractive opportunities for investors as well as unparalleled, varied amusement choices, redefined tourism experience and world-class residence,” says Tuyen.

Aurecon has a thorough understanding of the desired project outcome, a factor which played a key role in the company’s appointment. In addition, Aurecon’s winning proposal involves an extensive and strategic study of an alternative design and build (D&B) procurement strategy.

The project’s total site area is over 30 ha, with more than 15 residential towers planned. During the first phase, Aurecon will provide MEP and structural design services to the Skybridge Twin Towers, a boutique-themed hotel and two condominium hotels. Also known as condotels, these resort apartments will be transformed into condominium units which will be sold to purchasers and form part of the hotel’s room inventory to be rented to the public, operated by the hotel management. 

The challenge

A key challenge on the project is designing a structural system that will stabilise the two very slender Skybridge Twin Towers. These two tall apartment and hotel towers will be linked together by glazed observation walkways or ‘skybridges’. The slenderness ratio for the towers is high, with a base-to-height ratio of 1:11. Where the bridges rest on the towers, the connection needs to be able to absorb very large relative movements between the two towers, expected to be about 800 mm. To fully assess the extent of these movements, extensive analysis will be required, including studying the response of the structures to the local wind climate.

With unique features like the country’s longest pedestrian street and an indoor theatre with 1 200 seats, this vibrant new neighborhood is filled with spaces and experience that will please all free-spirited fun-seekers.

As a new and promising tourist attraction, this resort will connect the famous tourist centres in Vietnam, specifically Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue, which attract more than 7 million tourists each year.

Construction on CocoBay Da Nang Resort started in June 2016, with the hotel expected to begin operations in July 2017.

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