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Beca lands work on 638m Jakarta tower

New Zealand engineers from Beca will play a key role in the construction of the 638-metre tall Signature Tower in Jakarta.

Beca is sending a team of six engineers with mechanical and fire engineering backgrounds, and a lift specialist.

The team will be responsible for the design of a network of 100 lifts, two of which will cover more than 500 metres from the ground floor to an observatory at 535 metres.

Auckland engineer Simon Longuet-Higgins is leading the New Zealand team and has worked on Indonesian projects for a number of years.

“This is a major project which will have a significant impact on the CBD of one of the world’s fastest-growing and most exciting cities," Mr Longuet-Higgins says.

"After nearly 30 years working on buildings projects in Indonesia it is enormously gratifying to have been selected for this commission.” 

Construction is scheduled to begin mid-year and when complete in 2017 the 111-storey tower will be the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and the fifth highest in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Habitat Register.

Lead architects on the project are American-based Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart Associates.  

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Congrats to Becas...a quality company doing what kiwis do best, exporting talent yet getting none of the primary sector export or tax incentives. Just hope the cashflow stays on is Indonesia after all.

I wouldn't exactly call Jakarta an exciting city. Try leaving it - about 20km from the CBD all multi-lane roads - north, east, south and west are suddenly reduced to a single car-width. What was "exciting" was having to hire a negotiator who went in front of your car directing traffic so you can make progress to where you wanted to go! An OSH officer would have a heart attack watching observing what happens on electric commuter trains - people hanging out of windows and doors as well sitting on the roof! That's the Jakarta I know.

However, despite all that, the Indonesian people are the most gracious people I have ever met.