(MENAFN – Colombo Gazette) For over a century, Galle Face has been Colombo’s prestigious ocean entrance inexperienced and the town’s ceremonial centre. Sitting majestically between the ocean, bustling metropolis and lake, this slim, picturesque stretch of prime land is being reworked right into a vibrant new cosmopolitan space.
At this time, with luxurious property after luxurious property showing on this central zone (epitomized by the gargantuan feat of engineering at Colombo Port Metropolis), Galle Face is about to turn into the beating coronary heart of one of many world’s hottest vacationer locations. Certainly, an bold metropolis resembling Colombo calls for equally bold funding and improvement to actually set it aside on a worldwide scale.
This ambition is about to be manifested by the set up of the outstanding AHASA ONE Sky Bridge. It’s actually essentially the most distinctive and hanging characteristic of the enduring Sapphire Residences and ITC One lodge complicated, which dominates the centre of the Galle Face oceanfront and is destined to turn into a serious landmark for the town.
Scheduled for completion in 2021, this iconic improvement includes the spectacular c.224-metre residential tower, which sits alongside the c.140-metre excessive lodge. These two vertical constructions will probably be linked c.100 metres within the air on the 19th to 21st ranges by the AHASA ONE Sky Bridge.
The primary of its sort in South Asia, AHASA ONE could have not one however two infinity swimming pools and a solar deck on high; contained in the construction will probably be an opulent jazz lounge and bar, which can certainly turn into one among Colombo’s social ‘hotspots’. The twin-panoramic views from this awe-inspiring construction will probably be among the most breathtaking within the metropolis, revealing the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake and the town lights beneath in all their glory.
Inevitably such a singular design has introduced some attention-grabbing and distinctive challenges. Suspended c.100 meters within the air and weighing a staggering c.three,000 tonnes when accomplished, this c.55-meter-long elevated pathway is definitely an engineering marvel, which demanded the world’s finest minds to show it into actuality. As such, builders WelcomHotels Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. sought the experience and expertise of world-leading building firm L & T.
‘The Skybridge is without doubt one of the most original constructions that we’ve ever constructed, not least because it requires in depth full-scale load testing earlier than remaining meeting on website,’ explains L & T Sri Lanka Head Mr. Natarajan Namachivayam. ‘It is a distinctive problem that, to our data, has no precedent of this nature and complexity anyplace on this planet. The balanced double infinity Skypools and the suspended Sky Lounge beneath the pool are options that are distinctive to this venture,’ he observes. ‘The AHASA ONE construction is the results of a 2-year lengthy collaborative effort between the design, procurement, fabrication and erection groups. So far as building is anxious, extremely specialised synchronized lifting programs and fabrication strategies, along with a singular ‘high down’ meeting course of within the suspended situation, have been employed.’
With a purpose to create such a landmark constructing because the area’s most unique, sustainable complicated, main corporations all over the world masking structure, engineering, inside design, safety, landscaping, advertising and marketing and gross sales had been approached, from which a world-class staff of world consultants was assembled. This staff contains the world’s most revered dwelling designer Philippe Starck (Paris) and YOO (London), Gensler (San Francisco), Management Dangers (London), Thornton Tomasetti (New York), L & T (India/Sri Lanka), Sterling (India), Design Wilkes (Malaysia), Meinhardt Façade (India), Burega Farnell (Singapore) and Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty (international gross sales). That is underpinned by the distinctive 5* hospitality providers that will probably be delivered by India’s ITC Lodges to residents, visitors and guests to Sapphire Residences and ITC One lodge.
Nearer to dwelling, a number one marketing consultant on this iconic improvement is the famend and celebrated Sri Lankan architect Deshamanya Surath Wickramasinghe, who has been on the forefront of this venture since its inception. In 2001, Mr Wickramasinghe was elected Founding President of The Chamber of Development Business Sri Lanka and, such has been his dedication to uplifting the structure and building business in Sri Lanka, he was bestowed the title of ‘Deshamanya’ (Delight of the Nation) by the then President Maithripala Sirisena in 2019 for his contribution and dedication to structure within the nation. Moreover, in recognition of his achievements in Structure and Planning, the College of Westminster in London conferred a Doctorate DLitt in 2012.
Surath Wickramasinghe agrees that essentially the most vital facet of the Galle Face improvement is the Ahasa One Sky Bridge. Describing it as ‘architecturally iconic’, he believes the outside glass facade enabling spectacular panoramic views will generate an atmosphere that’s distinctive to Sri Lanka and to South Asia. ‘This distinctive Sky Bridge will probably be a particular landmark for the Metropolis of Colombo, a symbolic catalyst to convey to the world the nation’s resurgent financial and cultural progress. I hope that it’ll additionally encourage our personal architects and designers to push the boundaries of creativity in reworking Colombo’s skyline.’
Commenting on the set up of the Sky Bridge this week, Mr Wickramasinghe explains that connecting the 2 towers at a peak of c.100 metres above the bottom with an enormous construction that weighs round c.three,000 tonnes, is each a difficult and noteworthy achievement. ‘This state-of-the-art bridge has been designed with meticulous engineering experience in order to be completely exact throughout set up, to keep away from an error of even a couple of millimetres,’ he provides.
Following a worldwide development on the uber-luxury finish of the marketplace for massive lateral flats, the highest 2 flooring of the residential tower will characteristic one among South Asia’s largest penthouses with among the most spectacular views within the metropolis, making Sapphire Residences the #1 tackle within the metropolis. The large flats – uniquely termed ‘Sky Mansions’ – and the residents’ amenities will set new requirements in South Asia. All elements of the residences, together with over 40,000 sq ft of sporting and social facilities, have been rigorously designed to enchantment to an elite group of like-minded people who take pleasure in to the best issues in life. ‘The idea is predicated on the brand new breed of worldwide personal members’ golf equipment that present a safe, built-in place for stress-free, working, enjoying and socializing, with a concentrate on enhancing the members’ experiences and wellbeing,’ explains Arun Pathak, Managing Director of WelcomHotels Lanka, including that each Sky Mansion additionally comes with a state-of-the-art dwelling automation resolution that operates with hands-free voice management and cell gadgets, placing residents answerable for their setting and guaranteeing peace of thoughts. ‘This presents whole comfort, consolation and safety on the tip of 1’s tongue – or fingertips!’
It is not solely about luxurious; reaching sustainability is the brand new nirvana and is a core worth for the builders. ‘Luxurious with sustainability’ is engrained in our DNA and a few very intelligent options have been included right here,’ explains Mr. Pathak. ‘With such confirmed deep-rooted dedication to ecological and sustainable dwelling, WelcomHotels Lanka is devoted to delivering the best – and greenest – residential and lodge complicated in Colombo.’ To again this up, he factors out that Sapphire Residences has already achieved the celebrated and globally revered pre-certification ranking for LEED® BD+C (Core and Shell Improvement) on the highest Platinum stage, guaranteeing the bottom environmental influence of any constructing on this scale within the area.
Above all, Sapphire Residences will probably be outlined by its residents. This extraordinary complicated will turn into dwelling to a choose variety of privileged people who’ve ascended the pinnacles of success and private achievement, and who will respect the fashionable dwelling in essentially the most luxurious and safe houses in Colombo.
Arun Pathak concludes, ‘Regardless of the appalling terrorism and the political disaster we’ve all skilled this 12 months, we’re happy that building has remained heading in the right direction and the principle construction will quickly be full with the set up of the AHASA ONE Sky Bridge. We stay extraordinarily optimistic for the longer term.’