Islamabad declared safe for skyscrapers

The second phase of seismic survey conducted for the construction of the tallest skyscraper was completed that declared Islamabad Capital Territory ICT safe for mega-construction projects.
The seismic survey was conducted under the supervision of worlds third largest designing and construction British company W.S.Atkins which completed the second phase of the survey in three months time after it started soil testing back in December 2005.
According to details the survey is conducted in connection with the planned construction of the biggest Complex in the Federal Capital by Saudi Arabian Trading Group Al-Tamimi in collaboration with a Pakistani construction company Sardar group.
Renowned Chief Engineering Geologist Mr. Allen Smallwood oversaw the whole survey. Dr. James Apted, in charge Geological Technical Engineering, W.S.Atkins earlier supervised the first phase.

Digging up to 70 meters of depth was conducted for collecting soil samples, by the team that worked for three months for the survey, it was told. Initial results of the second leg of the three-phased tests show that the Capital’s soil is of such nature that it can sustain pressure of more than 50-storey tall skyscrapers.
Final results regarding the seismic strength of the capital’s soil will be available in April. The survey was necessitated as PGCL an umbrella organization of Sardar Group of Companies and Al-Tamimi Group is planning to construct a complex comprising of a 37-storey five-storey deluxe hotel, a business center, two residential apartments and a mega shopping mall of 22, 19 and 5 storeys respectively.
It was learnt that this will be the biggest ever investment of any consortium of Pak-Arab companies in the federal capital and the consortium plans to invest Rs 30 billion in the mega-project. The company was the highest bidder for the plot in march 2005 with a bid of Rs 6.6 billion.
The three year long project is expected to kick-start in April this year. It is said that the construction will be able to sustain shocks measuring 9.5 on Richter scale.
W.S.Atkins carries experience of designing Burj Ul Arab Hotel in Dubai along with many other mega projects in the Gulf.

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