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The Estate, a 276.8-m-tall “ultra-luxury” residential tower, is rising in the Manila, Philippines, suburb of Makati; image courtesy of STRC.

Hitachi Elevator Receives Biggest Thailand Order for Airport

Hitachi Elevator (Thailand) Co., Ltd. received its biggest order to date in Thailand to supply 53 elevators, 83 escalators and 38 moving walks to an expansion of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan Province. Hitachi Thailand previously supplied more than 100 units to the airport, which resulted in the recent order from consortium PCS Joint Venture. In Thailand since 1974, Hitachi observed demand for elevators and escalators in the country is approximately 6,000 units per year, making it “the most promising market in southeast Asia.” Being undertaken by Airport of Thailand Public Co. Ltd., the expansion includes a new, four-story satellite concourse slated to open in April 2020. The new units will be manufactured at factories in Thailand and China prior to installation by the end of 2020.

Manila Suburb to Be Home to Philippines’ Tallest Tower

The Estate, an “ultra-luxury” residential tower planned in the Manila, Philippines, suburb of Makati, is drawing considerable public interest, developer STRC told BusinessWorld in June. At 276.8 m tall and 54 stories, The Estate will be the tallest building in the country. STRC Chief Operating Officer Bernie C.

Basilan said:

“There’s a lot of interest within the domestic market; you have certainly people and individuals who’ve made that choice. And, then, of course, we have our investors and expats and we see that coming in through the pipeline in September, especially when we launch.”

The tower will house 188 units ranging from two to three bedrooms up to 224 m2 in size, plus 12 penthouse suites of three or four bedrooms up to 764 m2. About 40% of the units have already been sold. Pascual M. Garcia III, president of partner firm Federal Land, Inc., added that the penthouse units have been sold and that the building is being designed by architects Foster + Partners, which should increase the interest of potential buyers from outside the Philippines. Said Garcia:

“There are very prominent people in Asia who always want the opportunity to be part of a Norman Foster project, so we do hope this is going to be achieved. Right now, domestically, it’s a much better success than we had even anticipated, so we are very encouraged by this initial reception.”

The units are expected to be ready for occupancy in 2023. STRC is a joint venture between Federal Land and SM Development Corp.

Location, Amenities to Distinguish Condo Tower in Bangkok

Japanese-Thai joint venture Altitude Creed Talat Phlu Co. Ltd. aims to break ground in the third quarter of this year on the 34-story, 711-unit Altitude Unicorn Sathorn-Tha Phra condominium tower in the Talat Phlu area of Bangkok, Thailand Construction News reported. Part of what Creed Group described as “solid growth in Japan and other Asian countries,” the tower will be connected by skywalk to a Skytrain station and will boast an impressive array of amenities. These include co-working space, an auditorium, a theater, an e-sports room, a Grand Canyon- inspired swimming pool and a fitness center with a rock-climbing wall. Completion is anticipated in late 2021.

Two 40-Story PPVC Towers Completed in Singapore

Construction on two 40-story towers in Singapore reached completion in early July. The Clement Canopy complex will provide 505 luxury apartments in the city’s residential and Kent Ridge Education Belt districts, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports. The 459-ft-tall towers are the first structures on the island to use an all-concrete version of the prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC) system, meaning more than 60% of the superstructure was built offsite. The towers are made up of 1,899 modules, which include mechanicals, plumbing, plastering, painting and bathroom fixtures. The project was completed in 30 months, which was six months ahead of its original timeline.

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