Saigon development and construction

The Manor 2

Construction at the Manor 2 project on Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh street in Bình Thạnh district has picked up pace after having a slow 2008.


Taken 27-December-2008

28 December, 2008 Posted by | Binh Thanh | , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Manor 2

Saigon Centre

I don’t normally paste articles from other sites but this piece from the Saigon Times is very interesting as it could see the construction of an 88 storey building in Saigon.

HCMC – Keppel Land, one of the largest foreign property developers active in Vietnam, has got the green light for the second phase of the Saigon Centre project in downtown HCMC.

In a statement issued by the Government Office on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the developer to comply with the investment license and the city’s zoning plan.

He also asked the joint venture company, Keppel Land Watco I, to undergo restructuring before continuing the development of the project. Vietnamese partners Sowatco and Resco will transfer their stakes in the joint venture to their Singaporean partner Keppel Land so that the foreign partner will develop the second phase of Saigon Centre in the 100% foreign ownership format.

Keppel Corporation in Singapore said in February that it had presented a concept plan for its whole Saigon Centre project. Located in a prime location in District 1, the Saigon Centre is a mixed-use development on a two-hectare site on Le Loi Boulevard, one of the city’s main streets.

The first phase of the Saigon Centre, which was completed in 1996, is a 25-story building comprising a three-story retail podium, 11 levels of office space, 89 units of serviced apartments and three levels of basement car park.
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, one of the world’s largest architecture firms, has been named as the architect for the new concept plan of the project.

According to the concept plan, the new phase of the Saigon Centre will develop two towers – an 88-story skyscraper comprising shopping mall, grade A offices and a five-star hotel, and a 66-story tower including a commercial center.

The Saigon Centre is now home to the diplomatic corps, multinational firms, banking and financial institutions. The building maintains its position as the market leader in terms of occupancy and rental rates in HCMC. The office and retail components are full.

In March, Elaenia – a joint venture 75% owned by Keppel Land, received an investment license to develop 2,400 condos in HCMC’s newly urbanized town of Saigon South. The company will carry out the project covering 8.5 hectares by the Ca Cam River in District 7.

In HCMC, Keppel Land is also developing Saigon Sports City, a 64-hectare township development comprising residential, commercial, and retail components, the fully-sold Villa Riviera, an exclusive 101-unit waterfront villa development in Binh Thanh District, and the Ca Tre River in District 2.

By Song Nguyen – The Saigon Times Daily


26 December, 2008 Posted by | District 1 | | Comments Off on Saigon Centre

Sunrise city – continued

As promised I went back to the Sunrise city project in district 7 to photograph progress on the second tower. Groundwork specialist Bachy Soletanche have already set up their silos so work on the foundations are now well under way.

Taken 23-December-2008

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24 December, 2008 Posted by | District 7 | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunrise city – continued

Sky Garden 3 – December update

Taken 20-December-2008

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20 December, 2008 Posted by | District 7, phu my hung | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sky Garden 3 – December update

Sunrise city

Sunrise city is a large  Novaland  project located opposite the recently completed Lotte supermarket in district 7. Information is scarce and varies from different sources so I will only show images for now to avoid quoting any incorrect information. Since these images were taken work on the foundations has started on a second tower which I will photograph in the next few days.


imgp5825smConstruction of the first tower.

Showing the southern half of the complex area.

19 December, 2008 Posted by | District 7 | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunrise city

The changing look of Bến Thành

Most visitors to Saigon will be familiar with this area of district 1, as you can see, it is changing.

imgp5877smIn the background you can now see the rising of the Bến Thành towers.

imgp5879smTurn and look the other way you can see the recently constructed Havana building

Images taken 15-December-2008

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16 December, 2008 Posted by | District 1 | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The changing look of Bến Thành