Atkins is the lead architect working closely with Arup for the structural design. The tower will reach 460m, which will make it the tallest building in Vietnam.
Prime minister David Cameron praised the project when he was on a trade mission in South East Asia last week. “Atkins and Arup are leading the way in unlocking the potential for British businesses in Vietnam,” he said. “It’s a testament to their expertise that Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline will be shaped by British design, as they work on Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper. I’m pleased they were able to join me on my trade mission as we look to further export UK excellence and forge stronger links with the fast growing economies of South East Asia.”
Atkins’ scope includes architecture and landscape design. The 81-storey development is located in Vinhomes Central Park – a prime location in the city. Its frontage faces Saigon River, and the site is connected via major road and water transportation.
The mixed-use development includes hotel, serviced residential apartment and retail space.
Bertil de Kleynen, director of architecture and landscape for Atkins in Asia Pacific, said: “Our challenge was to create a unique and dynamic landmark tower design to support Vingroup’s vision for a high-end mixed use development. The tower is integrated into the public realm that addresses sustainable design challenges at various interfaces of the project.”
Last month, Atkins signed a strategic partnership agreement with Vingroup that will bring further opportunities to cooperate. “We are extremely proud to assist our client Vingroup – the most significant and active Vietnamese developer in the market - in developing international standards and creating landmarks that will be viewed as part of a modern and integrated Vietnam,” added de Kleynen.
The construction of Vincom Landmark 81 is expected to be completed in 2017.