Grand Hyatt Colombo is a 47-storey five star hotel building that has been under construction in Colombo, Sri Lanka since around 2007. It is one of the buildings that dominate the Colombo skyline.
This building specially noticeable when you are in Colombo because its very tall and stately looking compared to other surrounding buildings which are like midgets beside it. Its the tallest building on the Galle Road, which is like the main street of Colombo.
Below photo shows you the grand building looming ahead on a misty morning in Galle Road...
This building is supposed to host the Grand Hyatt hotel with 475 guestrooms and 84 serviced apartments. Few months after construction started it ran into problems due to some issues of its the builders, parent company and then Government. It was then taken over by a Government entity and constructed with long delays. Currently exterior is almost complete but but interior work still seems to be going on for last couple of years. The news is the Government is short of funds and resources to run this type of enterprise and want to sell it or enter into a partnership with a private entity to run the hotel.
Grand Hyatt Colombo
Client: Sinolanka Hotels and Spa (Pvt) Ltd
Completion Date: 2017 (Planned) (note its now expected to be within 2018)
Location:Colombo, Sri Lanka
Project Manager:Bandula Fernando, A. A. Thilakaratne
Located at the heart of the City and bordering the beautiful western coastline of the Indian Ocean, this 47-storey RCC framed structure will house the 5-star Hyatt Regency Hotel. The building will contain 2 basements of parking, apartments, hotel, expansive atriums, an expansive high-ceiling restaurant, banquet rooms and other recreational facilities. The 475-room Hyatt Regency Hotel will feature 54 Suites, 265 King Rooms and 150 Twin Rooms covering a total floor area of 1,110,000sqft. An infinity pool with a pool deck will be constructed on the 11th floor.
An infinity pool with a pool deck with seating for 76 will be constructed on the 11th floor.
The project also offered construction challenges: The 2nd basement which was situated below the water table coupled with the hotel’s proximity to the sea necessitated secant piling to be done prior to excavation. An underground dewatering system was also designed to overcome these constraints. The centre core excavation reached 3.28m below the sea-level, thus requiring lateral bracing to maintain the stability of the secant piles. The construction of the superstructure was challenging due to the unique design of the building, which accommodated a 36mx30m Main Ballroom with a height of 8.2m, thus requiring RCC deep-beams of 3m depth.
Standing at 229.5m, the building is now the tallest structure in the country, surpassing the previous tallest building in Sri Lanka (the 152m World Trade Center) in December 2013. (this was surpassed by 240 meter Altair leaning towers around 2016. also by 350 meter Lotus tower around 2015..)
source: (building contractors website)