WSP Findland is increasing its presence in Vietnam through the arrival of a team from WSP Lincolne Scott at WSP’s office in Ho Chi Minh City to extend its service offering to the growing market for property, transport and infrastructure projects in Vietnam.
WSP Lincolne Scott is providing premium environmental building services consultancy for the new headquarters of the Vietcombank in Ho Chi Minh City. Designed by world-renowned architect Pelli Clarke Pelli, the 35-storey tower will include multi-tenant offices, shops, restaurants, and parking.
Sustainable features will make it a Grade A building.
In addition, the WSP Lincolne Scott team is working on the TNVC Tower, a mixed use development near the Saigon River with six basements, which makes it the deepest excavation in Vietnam.
Other projects include the Intercontinental Resort in Da Nang in central Vietnam which has a central waste-water treatment system to recycle and reuse water within the building, air sourced heat pump hot water generation and external sun shading on the faÃ§ade to promote natural cooling.
Derek Martin will head up the WSP Lincolne Scott team in Vietnam. Martin started working with WSP Lincolne Scott in Sydney in 2004 before moving to Bangkok in 2007, where he has spent three years working on projects in South East Asia.
“This is a really exciting new venture,” said Martin. “The outlook for the Vietnamese economy is very positive, with 6.1 % growth in the first half of 2010, so there are plenty of new developments and much we can do to promote sustainability.”
Transportation experts at WSP have recently conducted a preliminary investigation into the effects of introducing congestion charges in Ho Chi Minh City. If the scheme goes ahead it is likely to start in 2012.
Major infrastructure projects for WSP in Vietnam include the 759m Nguyen Van Troi-Tran Thi Ly Bridge in Da Nang, designed by WSP Finland and due for completion in 2014, and the Thu Thiem II Bridge which will cross the Saigon River in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.