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Serenia Residences completes super structure in 10 months

 Executive Director Sabina Karunanayake and officials at the event
Executive Director Sabina Karunanayake and officials at the event

Serenia Residences, a private collection of 47 beachfront residences focusing on amenities and boutique hotel services, which together with Access Projects, broke ground on the nearly 190-perch site on October 10, 2018, completed the superstructure on August 25.

“It is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the dedication of all concerned that we have been able to finish the superstructure in just 10 months,” said Sabina Karunanayake, Executive Director of Serenia Residences. “We have always been proud of the fact that we have kept our word to our customers in keeping with the timelines of this special and unique project, but seeing Serenia Residences coming to life now in its final dimension is a great moment.”

The lead architect of Serenia Residences Roshun Meezan said, “After months of designing, deliberating and developing, it is indeed heartwarming to see the structure fully completed on the grounds of Serenia Residences.

Physically being able to walk through the corridors of the building to experience the phenomenal ocean view, makes all the hard work worthwhile. We are well within our timelines of the construction phase. Our design dreams are about to be realized.”

The project structural engineer Dilina Hettiarachchi from CSEC, went on to say, “embodied with state of the art luxury facilities, combined with aesthetic architectural features and cutting edge technology used in the structural design, Serenia Residencies at Talpe has achieved its structural

milestone unerringly. CSEC as the leading Sri Lankan structural design consultants, ensured to deliver the Project Architect’s desire by preserving its original design which required extra- ordinary structural analysis and design.”

The expertise of world renowned Structural Engineer Shiromal Fernando, together with Engineer Dilina Hettiarachchi, designed the structure which consists of a raft foundation on each tower. The 80 degree rotation of the tower compared to the ground floor with nearly 5m cantilever span, is not only an architectural feature, but a magnificent structural design that makes Serenia Residences a remarkable one. This has been the crucial point of the design, with the engineers having a series of reinforced concrete walls running from the first floor to the second floor, creating the effect of a girder system to increase the stiffness of the entire structure. To provide an uninterrupted spectacular view of the blue ocean and open skies from the apartment units, nearly 4.2m cantilever slabs were introduced, while up-stand beams were utilized as guard walls which controlled the deflection and increased the stiffness of the balconies. By introducing the composition of steel beams and reinforced concrete together, the structure has benefited economically, while optimizing its functionality.

“Serenia Residences in Talpe, Galle, has brought a one-of-a-kind luxury beachfront living experience to Sri Lanka. To date, 5400 m3 of concrete and 850 000 kg of steel have been used on the project, with a total of 220,000 man hours. Construction during its peak, progressed at a speed of up to two floors per month on typical floors,” said Bandara, General Manager of Access Projects and Dilshan Ferdinando, Managing Director of Access Projects.

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