Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Massive skyscraper floated again

Massive skyscraper floated again

The site of Hotel Cambodiana, where a Land Management Ministry spokesman said Royal Group was planning a 600-metre skyscraper. facebook
The site of Hotel Cambodiana, where a Land Management Ministry spokesman said Royal Group was planning a 600-metre skyscraper. Facebook

Massive skyscraper floated again

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that a 600-metre building would be constructed in Cambodia, though he did not mention specifics and similar projects proposed in the past have stalled before construction.

The premier referenced the skyscraper in a speech at the graduation ceremony of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, as part of an explanation of why the Kingdom still needs Chinese investment.

“Now, buildings are very tall [in Cambodia], they are not just 10 or 20 storeys tall as they were before,” he said. “A future project will be 600 metres tall, equal to 133 storeys.”

Such a building would be the fourth-tallest building in the world and the tallest in Southeast Asia. Similar plans to build a spectacular skyscraper in Cambodia have been raised by officials in the past, but none have yet materialised.

When asked what building the prime minister was referring to, Ministry of Land Management spokesman Seng Lot said he could be referring to plans by Kith Meng’s Royal Group to bulldoze the Hotel Cambodiana, a Phnom Penh mainstay located on the riverside.

“It’s just a plan for now . . . the company, Royal Group, asked for authorisation for this project,” Lot said yesterday. “The Hotel Cambodiana will be destroyed, and [the company] will build a new [600-metre tall] building there.”

Contacted yesterday, Meng and other officials at Royal Group declined to comment.

Phuong Sophean, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Development, said yesterday he was unaware of which 600-metre-tall project Hun Sen was referencing.

“I don’t know – we [at the ministry] have a lot of buildings and many projects,” he said. “I don’t know where he wants to build this one.”

Sophean himself presented plans for one such project in 2013. Named the “Samdech Techo Hun Sen Dragon City”, the $80 billion satellite city located north of Phnom Penh was due to include a 600-metre-tall building which would have served as Hun Sen’s headquarters. The project never got off the ground.

Another possible tower would be the Thai Boon Rong Twin Towers, a $5 billion joint project by local firm Thai Boon Roong and Chinese contractor Sun Kian Ip Group. The two companies were given the go-ahead in 2016 to build two 500-metre, 133-storey towers on the land currently occupied by the former amusement park Dreamland, near the capital’s Independence Monument. Construction on the towers has been delayed several times, and the project has not yet launched.

In yet another case, Hun Sen unveiled plans in 2010 to build a 555-metre-tall Diamond Tower on Koh Pich. That project was initially scheduled for completion in 2017, but no significant progress has been made on construction yet.

Currently, the country’s tallest completed building is Vattanac Tower, which stands at 185 metres.

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Baby saved as mother is lost to Covid

    Newborn baby Neth David has had a rough start in the world. His mother, Vong Daneth, was seven months pregnant when she contracted a severe case of Covid-19. When it became clear to her doctors that she would not survive, they performed a cesarean section

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided

  • PM set for Japan’s Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will personally receive the one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Japanese government that is expected to arrive in Cambodia on July 23, according to the Ministry of National Defence on July 21. The ministry’s information department said this is