The sapphire residences tower during construction

Another
Milestone Achieved
as Sapphire Residences Hits 50.

Over the past two years, Colombo citizens have watched the city’s newest landmark rising steadily at the centre Galle Face, dominating this prestigious oceanfront location, becoming the home to the premium luxury modern apartments in Sri Lanka. 

Following the completion of the 50th floor of the 224 metre Sapphire Residences tower, a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held recently to celebrate this momentous achievement, with blessings given by religious clerics. Sapphire Residences with its state-of-the-art architecture is one of the top luxury modern apartments in Sri Lanka.

Over the past two years, Colombo citizens have watched the city’s newest landmark rising steadily at the centre Galle Face, dominating this prestigious oceanfront location.

Following completion of the 50th floor of the 224 metre Sapphire Residences tower, a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held recently to celebrate this momentous achievement, with blessings given by religious clerics.

“This momentous milestone marks the crowning of the residential tower and the completion of the main building structure,” announced Arun Pathak, MD of developer WelcomHotels Lanka. “Most significantly, and despite the unforeseen challenges that have impacted the wider economy during this period, the construction has been delivered on time and on budget. This demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the city of Colombo and to creating the most impressive collection of residences ever seen in South Asia.”

Among the esteemed guests were key members of the construction team including Mr. Harsha De Saram, Chairman ICC, Mr. N Namachivayam, Sri Lanka Head of L&T, and Mr. Surath Wickramasinghe, all of whom participated in an informative round-table discussion in the Sapphire Residences Experience Centre, hosted by Mr. Nisthar Cassim, Editor of the Daily FT.

Senior Project Team each laid the final cement to the structure using ceremonial shovel
Senior Project Team each laid the final cement to the structure using ceremonial shovels

Discussing the vast scale of the project, Mr. Namachivayam summarised some remarkable statistics: “For the past 3 years we have had a team of 76 personnel dedicated to this development.

Working closely with local contractor ICC, they are responsible for 1,130 workmen on site, over 100 local suppliers, 225 subcontractors, as well as over 30 consultants based in various locations around the world. Each of these parties is carefully managed to meet the demands of a comprehensive project schedule, as any delay by one can have a detrimental knock-on effect that can impact upon several other aspects of the project.”

Additionally, almost 40,000 m3 of soil was dug out and removed from the site, whilst 145,000 m3 of concrete and 2,000 metric tonnes of steel had to be delivered. “And all of this taking place on Galle Face, one of the city’s most high traffic thoroughfares,” he adds.

members of the construction management team of sapphire residences
Members of the construction management team

Scheduled for completion in 2021, the US$400 million development comprises the majestic 224-metre residential tower, which sits alongside the 140-metre high ITC One hotel. These two towers will be connected at the 19th to 21st floor by a spectacular Sky Bridge with infinity pools on top and a jazz lounge within.

Following a global trend at the uber-luxury end of the market for large lateral apartments, the top 2 floors will feature South Asia’s largest penthouses with some of most spectacular views in the region, further consolidating Sapphire Residences’ position as the #1 residential address in the city.

mr surath wickramasinghe
Mr Surath Wickramasinghe cuts the celebratory cake

The development has already achieved the prestigious LEED pre-certification at the highest Platinum level, ensuring the lowest environmental impact of any building on this scale. “Luxury with sustainability is engrained in our DNA and best practices have been incorporated here,” explains Mr. Pathak.

“As ITC’s first overseas project through it’s wholly owned subsidiary WelcomHotels Lanka (Private) Limited, the company remains determined to deliver a first-class product that fulfils all our promises to clients, supported by our excellent local and international partners.

We now look forward to seeing the remarkable sky mansions and penthouses take shape. With stunning interiors by the world’s greatest living designer Philippe Starck, these will be truly exceptional homes for those who wish to live in what will be South Asia’s premier luxury residences.” Sapphire Residences offer its residents the ultimate luxury living experience by redefining what it means to reside in modern apartments in Sri Lanka.

The round-table discussion and luncheon held in the Sapphire Residences Experience Centr
The round-table discussion and luncheon held in the Sapphire Residences Experience Centre

Were there any occasions when the project team thought that it would be impossible to finish the 50th floor on time? “At no instance did we ever think that achieving 50th floor on time was not possible,” says Mr Pathak. “In fact, the belief was always there that we would complete the 50th floor ahead of schedule.”

And indeed they have.

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