Saigon M&C – a tower of tomorrow

Saigon M&C Tower, a 185m high luxury mixed-used building of 6-storey commercial service floors, 180 high-end apartments and 34 floors of offices, will create a new landmark in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City by the end of 2011. It is built by Bouygues Batiment International with Holcim construction materials.

185m high Saigon M&C Tower is being constructed by one of the biggest and most reputable Engineering-Procurement-Construction contractors in the world, Bouygues Batiment International (BBI). BBI has gained its fame by constructing most luxurious and complex works such as the tallest First Tower in France, Sydney Olympic stadium in Australia and Kuala Lumpur Grand station in Malaysia, etc.

It is also well known for its rigorous requirements on building materials supplied to its construction works. Some requirements of BBI on the supplier for this project are high quality products complying with international standards, local knowledge and qualified skill base, willingness to partner and constantly improve process, technology, and people, and reliable supply to meet tight schedule. Since 2008, Holcim Beton has been chosen to be the sole supplier of concrete for Saigon M&C Tower.

Innovative solutions
To ensure highest standards for time, quality, and esthetics of this complex and technically challenging work, Holcim Beton developed together with the main contractor BBI the special high-strength concrete “Super Beton” at 75MPa for the key elements (columns & core walls) that offers significant benefits for the project. Using “Super Beton” the designer can reduce column size up to 45%, thus releasing more spaces for leasing and also making the building more architecturally pleasing with more open space between columns. In addition, it helps to fasten the construction speed as the early strength is high. This leads to savings in total building cost thanks to savings in foundation cost and reduction in usage of materials.

Holcim Beton also offered other two innovative concrete products for the first time in Vietnam to accommodate for BBI’s advanced construction techniques such as simultaneous top and down construction sequence, slipform casting for the core wall, or high-tech formwork etc.


High-quality logistics
But Holcim Beton has even more to offer than innovative products: It is the total logistics solution provider who helps to ease the main contractor’s job by ensuring timely supply and highest possible standard of product quality. Using “Integrated System” of Holcim Beton helps to manage all steps from raw materials, to production and quality control, to avoid human error or manipulation. All relevant data are recorded automatically, so that every cubic meter of concrete can be traced back completely and the contractor can rest assured that whenever he wants, he can always retrieve required information on supplied materials.

Very soon, Ho Chi Minh city will have another beautiful landmark in its heart, another mark of its strong position as the political, economic and cultural center of the South.