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Piling and Foundation Works for Timor Marina Square project reached 70%

Piling and Foundation Works for Timor Marina Square project reached 70%

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Singaporean Smart Holdings Ltd, Liam Huan Chiang/Image Tatoli

DILI, 06 march 2024 (TATOLI) – Chairman of the Board Director of Timor Marina Square, Lim Huan Chiang revealed that the piling and foundation work for Timor Marina Square has reached 70%.

“The substructure works are scheduled to commence around mid-May 2024, upon the expected completion of the piling and foundation works,” Chiang told Tatoli.

He said that the building construction process involves several key stages, starting from piling and foundation workers, followed by substructure works, superstructure works, roofing works, finishing works, external installation, external works, and finally completion and handover.

When asked about the delay in the planned construction schedule, Chang said it was due to the limited availability of the raw materials needed for cement formation.

He explained that the construction team’s most significant challenge is the limited availability of locally sourced high-grade raw materials such as the aggregate required for cement formation as well as heavy-duty piling equipment necessary for a large-scale construction project: “The need to import these raw materials and equipment from overseas led to a delay of the planned construction timeline.”

“Thankfully, other standard construction raw materials, like sand and stone, are easily accessible from local authorized suppliers,” Chiang added.

The authorities in Timor-Leste have provided invaluable support for the project and have facilitated a smooth process throughout the application for building permits.

TradeInvest Timor-Leste’s officials, in particular, have worked tirelessly to advise the project team in navigating the rigorous regulatory procedures, given the scale of the project.

“With the construction process now fully underway, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 25 months,” Chiang concluded.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the US$50 million project was launched by the former Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak in may 17, 2022.

The construction of the 23-storey building is expected to be completed in 2026.

 

Journalist: Jose Belarmino de Sa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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