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MAGA commences Sethsiripaya Stage III – Sri Lanka’s largest office complex

  • Sethsiripaya Stage III – Sri Lanka’s largest office complex

Sethsiripaya Stage III, the third phase of the Government’s administration hub in Battaramulla, is a 25-storeyed modern office building with floor area of over 1.3 million square feet—making it the largest public sector building and the largest office complex in the country. The new complex will bring ministries, public corporations, departments, and government offices that were scattered around the city to a centralised location; a move that will reduce traffic congestion in the city, streamline access to services for the public, and provide much-needed office space for government and semi-government institutions.

The proposed complex occupies a site area of 4.3 acres adjacent to the Sethsiripaya Stage I and II buildings and will comprise modern office space, multifunction halls, meeting and conference facilities, commercial areas, restaurants, and parking for 700 vehicles. Once completed, Sethsiripaya Stage III is expected to cater to over 7500 occupants and 1000 visitors per day.

Valued at LKR 16.7 billion, the project is fully owned and funded by the Urban Development Authority (UDA), as part of the Sri Lanka Government’s vision for people-centric development and an accessible and effective public service. Role of the architectural consultant is carried out by the Design, Project Management & Consultancy Division of the UDA, while Maga Engineering is the engineering design-and-build contractor. At the commencement of the project, the Chairman & Managing Director of MAGA Mr M.G. Kularatne stated, “We are proud to become the construction partner of the largest government complex in Sri Lanka, which once completed will be a milestone in the masterplan of the UDA. It is a worthy addition to our track record of delivering landmark public sector buildings, such as the Customs Headquarters and Extension to the Treasury Building.”

Envisioned by the architectural team at the UDA lead by Archt. Ananda Samarasinghe, the building consists of a solid base that holds two main wings around a giant sky-lit central atrium that maximises ventilation and daylighting, while creating a large common area for both the occupants and the general public visiting the building. Following universal design principles, the complex will contain an array of energy efficient sustainability features including rooftop solar energy generation and rainwater harvesting, together with green-rated building materials. Once complete, Sethsiripaya Stage III is expected to achieve a Platinum green-building rating, setting a benchmark for public sector buildings and high-rise office space in Sri Lanka.

Maga Engineering has been at the forefront of delivering Sri Lanka’s most iconic commercial and office-spaces for government agencies and leading corporates, including Sri Lanka Customs, Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Hemas Holdings, People’s Leasing PLC, HSBC, DIMO, Jetwing Hotels, South Asia Gateway Terminals, and Millennium IT.

Maga completes Galadegara-Mawathagama Water Supply Project

  • PR – Maga completes Galadegara-Mawathagama Water Supply Project

Maga Engineering announced the successful completion of the Galagedara-Mawathagama Water Supply Project. Valued at 3.1 Billion, the project was completed in mid-2020, after the completion of variations and extra works which augmented the distribution scheme by another 30km of pipelines.

The Galagedera-Mawathagama Water Supply Project is a large-scale rural water-supply scheme implemented by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB). The project aimed to provide pipe-borne water to 25,000 people in the eastern part of the Kurunegala District such as Mawathagama and Kurunegala Pradeshiya Sabha, and Galagedara, Thumpone, Paragahadeniya, and Mawathagama towns in the Kandy District. Maga Engineering executed the construction of a 1000m³ capacity elevated tower; a 450m³ capacity ground reservoir and associated electro-mechanical works; and supply and laying of 250mm diameter DI & HDPE transmission line for 27km; along with a 145 km long distribution system.

The project’s extensive distribution scheme covered the fast-growing town, suburban and rural areas of these two important districts of Sri Lanka, and will act as a catalyst for the region’s rapid economic development centered around agriculture. The project was financed by the DFCC bank under government’s local bank funded water supply projects, aiming to provide 100% coverage of potable water to Sri Lanka by the year 2025.

MAGA constructs iconic Manning Market Complex in Peliyagoda

  • Nov-2020-MAGA constructs iconic Manning Market Complex_Nov2020

The iconic new Manning Market Complex in Peliyagoda was inaugurated on 20 November 2020 by the Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The complex will house 1192 shops and is part of the new commercial hub in Peliyagoda, bordering Sri Lanka’s most populous districts.

Relocation of the Manning Market to its new home in Peliyagoda provides vendors with larger, cleaner premises, and better access to storage, parking, and waste-management. With on-schedule completion at this critical juncture, the new market complex will provide additional safety at Colombo’s primary hub for wholesale of fresh produce. As a further step toward development of Sri Lanka’s capital city, the project will also ease traffic congestion in the city centre and release underutilised land to develop the multi-modal transport hub at Fort.

Initiated in 2013 by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the project is a long-overdue infrastructure and accessibility upgrade for one of Sri Lanka’s busiest marketplaces. The new complex covers a total floor area of 450,000 sqft and comprises five blocks that include a ramp, elevated road, and bridge link between two of the blocks. Alongside the shops and trading space that makes up the heart of the complex, the 15-acre property also comprises cool-rooms, restaurants and cafeterias, medical centres, banks, accommodation and rest areas, and a large car park.

Designed by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB), the complex features two large curved wings built around a central elevated road for convenient unloading and goods-handling. The new building complex also incorporates an environmental-friendly open design that maximises space and natural light. In addition, giant skylights and large solar arrays on rooftops provide further natural light and renewable energy for running of the premises.

As the Main Contractor, MAGA’s scope of work included all civil, mechanical, electrical & plumbing (MEP) and road works. Commenting on the successful completion of the project, Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering Mr M. G. Kularatne stated: “Despite a severely challenging period resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to pool our resources and accelerate the construction of the complex with the guidance of the UDA and CECB. We are proud to have constructed a lasting icon for Sri Lanka which will greatly benefit the urban economy at a time of need.”

Maga Engineering is Sri Lanka’s largest construction company and a key partner in developing the nation’s infrastructure. Over the last three decades, MAGA has delivered lasting social infrastructure in education, healthcare, transport, leisure and commercial sectors, spanning a built area of over 21 million square feet, a road network of 4000km and water schemes providing drinking water to 3.5 million residents.

MAGA completes civil works of Kelani Right-Bank Water Supply Project, Stage II

  • Oct2020-MAGA completes civil works of Kelani Right-Bank Water Supply Project

The Kelani Right-Bank (KRB) Water Treatment Plant is the joint-largest in the Country, and is expected to benefit more than 1.7 million people in industrial zones and fast-growing suburbs of Northern Colombo and Gampaha. It is a significant milestone in the Government’s efforts to enhance access to safe drinking water for all citizens, while preparing to meet future demands of a rapidly developing country. The newly constructed water treatment plant will be ceremoniously opened in November 2020, following on-schedule completion despite the prevailing COVID-19 global pandemic.

KRB Stage-II was a monumental undertaking aiming to double the existing plant’s capacity. The project was implemented by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) with the Main Contractor Suez of France, a global expert in the sector who is the largest drinking water provider in the world. MAGA’s scope of civil works amounted to LKR 9 billion and included construction of a water treatment plant with 180,000m³/day capacity, installation of a 1200mm diameter DI treated-water pumping main, laying of over 30km of transmission lines, and construction of a 560mm HDPE treated effluent pipeline from Biyagama Export Processing Zone downstream to avoid pollution of river water upstream.

The new plant is capable of treating the large quantities of water required for a growing population and economy, and accommodating potential changes in water quality and availability brought on by climate change. The project also included laying of water-supply lines critical to maintaining and expanding water supply to townships in the Western Province including Biyagama, Kelaniya, Kiribathgoda, Kadawatha, Ragama, Wattala, Kandana, Ja-Ela, Seeduwa, and Ganemulla. Project teams installed major transmission and distribution mains across marshy terrain, canals, steep hill sections and busy highways; instating connections to existing lines; and constructing necessary bridge crossings, trenchless micro-tunnels, and above-ground supports to ensure safe and secure delivery of treated water.

Commenting on the project, Director Water Works of MAGA, Mega Kularatne stated: “to bring this project to life, we deployed multiple project managers, construction teams and specialists experienced in the delivery of large-scale water projects. Despite a challenging two years due to Easter Attacks and COVID-19, successful completion of the project was possible through the collective effort of a total workforce comprising 1400 engineers, technicians, skilled craftspersons, and dedicated construction workers. We thank the NWSDB and SUEZ for the guidance and support extended to us to complete the civil works.”

The project team faced significant construction challenges such as deep-rock excavation requiring controlled chemical blasting and hydraulic rock-splitting, and precision engineering for filter slabs and beams within a very congested construction site. They carried out construction and pipe-laying in a variety of terrain, dealing with multiple stakeholders and installing critical infrastructure with minimal disturbance to communities, all while maintaining stringent safety and environmental protection standards in compliance with the requirements of relevant authorities and stakeholders.

Maga Engineering plays a lead role in Sri Lanka’s water-supply sector, delivering landmark projects of national importance in Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Kurunegala, Jaffna, Dambulla, Hambantota, Balangoda, Kolonna and several other regions across the Island. MAGA continues to work closely with the National Water Supply & Drainage Board as well as international and local partners in helping achieve the Sri Lankan Government’s vision of providing safe drinking water to all citizens by the year 2025.

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