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Elite structural and construction team hired for Serenia Residences project in Talpe, Galle


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The luxury apartment project at Talpe-Galle is one step closer to reality, as an elite construction and structure team have been hired for the RS. 2 billion project.

Access Projects Ltd., a Tier 1 construction firm, has been selected for the mixed-use project on the Southern Coast by the developer of the complex, as it is important to have the right construction firm onboard from day one. 

Access Projects Managing Director Dilshan Ferdinando said: “Things you see in a building are not actually what goes inside the building. Our specialty is being able to build on the beach, as beachside means corrosion, and we are specialists in building hotels which are free of corrosion. That’s what we are going to deliver to the client, Serenia Residences. This project is a winner all the way, and the fact that it is only 47 residences, ground+8 and ground+9 floors, makes it absolutely doable and very successful.”

Access Projects has built Cape Weligama, Anantara Resort & Spa and refurbished Galle Face hotel in Colombo. 

Structural Engineering Consultant Shiromal Fernando is one of the leading structural engineers in Sri Lanka, and has been involved in many high-rise buildings in the country, including Colombo’s Lotus Tower, Cinnamon Life, The One Colombo, Prime Grand Residencies, Colombo City Center, Grand Hyatt, Colombo Twin Peaks, AVIC Astoria Residencies, and many other iconic buildings. He will be responsible for the conceptual design, detailed design, structural analysis and construction supervision. 

Serenia MEP consultant and Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers member (MIEEE, USA) Noel Joseph possesses over 29 years of experience in various positions in engineering, in Sri Lanka and overseas. Joseph will be responsible for designing the electrical system, the emergency power system, the lighting protection and surge protection system, all cabling systems, security access control, while the complete plumbing services, including water distribution sewer treatment and sewer discharge, together with HVAC system, designing the fire protection with fire detection system, and gas distribution system, will also be his responsibility. Joseph has completed many projects overseas, e.g. luxury resorts in Maldives such as Ozen by Atmosphere, Cheval Blanc Randheli by LVMH, COMO Maalefushi, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, Mercure Kooddoo Resort, and many in Sri Lanka too, e.g., Colombo City Center, 606 The Address, The Fortress Hotel and Cape Weligama. 

To professionally oversee the whole pre-construction and construction period, Serenia engaged a competent professional in this field. Lalith Ratnayake is leading the project management process through his practice PROMAP Private Limited. Ratnayake’s expertise mainly lies in contract administration, project management and cost management. He has experience in many construction projects of multi-storeyed buildings, mixed developments, infrastructure projects, renovations, and interior fit-outs, both locally and overseas. Ratnayake possesses an Honours Degree in QS, a Masters in Project Management, and is a fellow member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka (F.I.Q.S.SL). He is the Vice President of the Governing Council of IQSSL for 2017 / 2019. He contributes to this unique project with his industry and professional exposure of over 25 years in Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Maldives and Sri Lanka. He will be responsible for coordinating design development, contract management, cost management and time management of the project. Quality management and assurance inputs are also obtained from him. 

“As you can see the developers have hired the elite from the construction industry, and our residents are assured of a sound and safe structure that will withstand most of nature’s vicissitudes, while being a feast for the eyes in terms of sheer architectural beauty and harmony and the ultimate luxury lifestyle,” said Mrs. Karunanayake. 

The Serenia Residences development includes two towers, 47 homes starting from $280,000, a three-story parking and services building, a 6,000-square-foot pool, oceanfront deck, gym, outdoor spa and kid’s club. 

Construction is expected to start in September 2018. Construction is expected to be completed by end-2019.


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