China - In Shanghai, Ikea is realizing the largest investment the company has ever made, the IKEA Gathering Center Shanghai project. Upon completion in 2022, the $1.2 billion (7 billion yuan) mixed-use shopping center will encompass 437,000 square meters. It will include shopping malls, restaurants, office buildings, cinemas, and entertainment facilities.
The large project scale, extended construction period, high sustainability standards and large number of project participants – more than 20 technical consulting companies alone – all contributed to the complexity of the project. Additional challenges were the connections with existing structures and the project’s deep foundations.
Arcadis covers the project management and full pre and post contract work on the project, using Building Information Modeling throughout. This provides better control of some of the most complex aspects of project, including the connection with the original building of the Hongqiao hub, which has brought challenges to the design, cost control, contract procurement and management, and project progress. Another difficult construction feature was presented by the 22-meter-deep foundation pit and maintenance structure which are extremely difficult to construct. The whole complex is realized under international green building standards.
With an estimated 300 domestic and international fashion brands, as well as food and beverage outlets accompanied by cultural and entertainment options, including a flagship Ikea store, the new center is an important economic development for this part of Shanghai. Its sustainable and iconic features provide innovative shopping experiences and is expected to attract visitors from throughout the region.
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