Breaking records in urban development
Suzhou Central Plaza is an urban construction project which has so far set an amazing six records in China:
- The largest urban complex, with a total area of 1.82 million square meters.
- The largest underground area, at 520,000 square meters.
- The largest shopping mall, spread over more than 400,000 square meters.
- The largest roof garden, covering an area of 50,000 square meters.
- The largest central heating and air conditioning system.
- The largest foundation pit, with a depth of 17 to 22 m and an area of 140,000 m2.
Central business district gets a new face
Suzhou Central Plaza is located in the Central Business District located in Suzhou, a major city in Eastern China, close to Shanghai. The city is on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Administratively, Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with an urban population of over 4 million in its core districts, expanding to over 10 million in the administrative area. Construction began in early 2012.
Ten spectacular towers
It will consist of 10 buildings, including one skyscraper 500 meters high and one 450 meters high, seven towers ranging in height from 100 meters to 280 meters, and one large commercial building. The total investment is about EUR 3.7 billion. The seven tall towers are being constructed by Suzhou 2nd Construction Group and China Construction 8th Engineering Company.
The advantage of two Metro lines
The plaza boasts the convenience of two metro lines. The entire project covers an area of about 21.1 hectares with a net ground area of 13.9 hectares. The total construction area is about 1.82 million square meters, including 1.3 million square meters above ground and 520,000 square meters underground.
Admixtures - more strength and productivity
The first pouring of concrete for this project was completed by Goldsun (Suzhou) Concrete Co., Ltd. Sika® ViscoCrete® and the water reducing SikaPlast® from Sika China are being used on the project, and it is estimated that the ongoing construction process will require about 2,000 tons of admixtures.