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Old January 3rd, 2011, 11:13 AM   #2601
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 11:28 AM   #2602
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have a rest,and then post more pics

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Old January 3rd, 2011, 11:32 AM   #2603
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 03:45 PM   #2604
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 06:36 PM   #2605
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Growth in key sectors spurs Arup expansion
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China's booming infrastructure and energy sectors are powering Arup Group to double its China staff in the next five years.

"In five years, Arup will double its mainland headcount from the current 500 to 1,000," said Lewis Shiu, the Beijing group leader of the London-based firm.

"There are two major areas of opportunities for Arup in China, namely infrastructure and energy. With high-speed railway, China's infrastructure market is opening up. For infrastructure like aviation, railway and highways, we are building up resources.

"In the next five years, we believe the total number of our mainland offices can be increased from the current seven to 10-12. We will have more offices along coastal cities such as Dalian, Qingdao or Shenyang. This year, we have opened offices in Chongqing and Taiwan," said Shiu.

Arup now has 500 staff on the mainland and 1,500 in Hong Kong, where it set up its East Asian headquarters in 1976.

Founded in 1946, Arup is a global firm of designers, planners, engineers and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services.

Its projects include the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, the Marina Bay Sands casino-hotel in Singapore and the California high-speed railway in the United States.

In the fiscal year to March 31, Arup's turnover amounted to £889 million (HK$10.67 billion), the same as the previous year, but its profit before tax, dividends and exceptional items fell to £23 million from £77 million, according to its website.

As a non-listed firm owned in trust for its employees, Arup does not reveal details of its financial results.

"We are still seeing strong growth in several parts of Asia, especially China," said Arup chairman Philip Dilley in the firm's 2010 corporate report.

China accounts for a third of Arup's East Asian revenue. The group is involved in landmark buildings, including the Canton Tower and the Guangzhou International Finance Centre (IFC).

At 600 metres, the Canton Tower, located in Guangzhou, is the tallest building on the mainland. It formally opened in September while Guangzhou IFC had a soft opening in October.

"We have inquiries for even taller buildings in cities like Beijing and Tianjin," said Shiu. "Infrastructure revenue in China will grow significantly for Arup in the next five years."

The central government is also seeking Arup as a strategic partner for infrastructure projects outside China such as high-speed railway projects, Shiu said. Beijing has been trying to obtain sell high-speed railway projects in the US, Central Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Shiu also said: "The Chinese government is alert on energy issues. There will be a lot of projects concerning energy efficiency of production facilities."

Arup offers solutions to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings. It was involved in the design of Nokia's Beijing headquarters, a so-called green building. With a local design and planning institute, the company is now in talks for a low-carbon study for Beijing.

"In 2001, China accessed the WTO and won the rights to host the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Those were the two major things that pushed us into setting up more offices in China, especially Beijing," said Shiu.

"Because of the Olympics, a lot of international architects came to work on sports venues like the Bird's Nest Stadium. These international architects needed partners. That was a boost for us."

Arup opened its first mainland office in Shenzhen in 1995, and another one in Shanghai in 1996. Its Beijing office started with a few people in 2001 and now has around 140. Arup expects to have 200 staff in Beijing in five years, Shiu said.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 06:44 PM   #2606
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:48 PM   #2607
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I absolutely loved this building before they had to put IFC on top. Now it looks so tacky. WHY! I just dont understand, this was perfect and now just mehh! We all know what this building is, do we really need it speeled out?
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Old January 4th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #2608
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I absolutely loved this building before they had to put IFC on top. Now it looks so tacky. WHY! I just dont understand, this was perfect and now just mehh! We all know what this building is, do we really need it speeled out?
then look from the other side of the building?
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Old January 4th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #2609
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Old January 5th, 2011, 07:35 AM   #2610
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you mean chow tai fook center? it is on-hold as long the asian games are in the city. i have no idea why, but that kinda sucks i know.
I thought the games ended 1 month ago?
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Old January 5th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #2611
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What a nice building!
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Old January 10th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #2612
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Old January 11th, 2011, 01:39 AM   #2613
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One of my favorite buildings in China, so simple yet elegant.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 03:24 AM   #2614
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God damn it!! These people are ruining the forums!!
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Old January 16th, 2011, 03:55 AM   #2615
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I wish they could remove the LED linghting stuff
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Old January 16th, 2011, 06:24 AM   #2616
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This part of Guangzhou is nice. Is it Tianhe?
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Old January 16th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #2617
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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #2618
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Yes - specifically Zhujiang New Town, a part of Tianhe.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 03:27 PM   #2619
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the panorama of guangzhou city,especially surround that tower area its outstanding... very nice atmosphere...
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Old January 21st, 2011, 01:09 AM   #2620
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Guangzhou should be proud of this building

Quick question though, when was this building renamed IFC and when was the IFC added to the top of the building?
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