The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has appointed Manteena Commercial to build Stage 1 of its new Embassy development in O’Malley. Lao Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Sisavath Inphachanh & Manteena CEO, Mr Simon Butt, signed the contract to officially mark the commencement of the project.
Stage 1 will feature a new Chancery, Ambassador’s Residence and 10 bedroom self-contained units for staff and guest accommodation.
The buildings’ design is reflective of Lao architectural including use of materials such as terracotta roofs with “flyaway” gables that feature a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Naga. There is a mixture of external finishes featuring shot-blasted blockwork and a combination of face brickwork, stone and wood panelling.
Internally the buildings are more contemporary, suited to modern working and living environments. The buildings are linked via garden paths that traverse steep terraces that will be planted with mature trees and shrubs.
Manteena Director & Project Director, Rod Mitton, explained, “Manteena’s involvement in this project started 12 months ago when we joined the team as part of the Early Contractor Involvement phase”.
“We’ve worked closely with the Lao Embassy & design team to finalise the design and confirm building costs; we’re now eager to commence construction,” Rod said.
“The final design is stunning. I think His Excellency Mr Sisavath Inphachanh, his staff and visitors can be very excited for what we are about to build.”
Manteena has a long and successful history of working on diplomatic projects. The High Commission of Samoa project was recently awarded a National MBA Award for “Best commercial/industrial building under $5M”, in 2018. Other recent projects include: Samoan Parliament House (Apia); US Embassy security upgrades; New Zealand High Commission refurbishment; Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Australian Embassy upgrades in the: USA, UK, South America, Africa, Middle-East and throughout the Asia/Pacific.
The Samoan High Commission in Canberra was awarded the National Commercial/Industrial Building under $5 million at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence Awards held in Adelaide on the weekend.
Denita Wawn, CEO – Master Builders Australia, when announcing the award said, “Manteena are an icon of the industry, ACT and Canberra Region. It’s great to see they have once again delivered to the highest standard with this award winning project”.
This is a tremendous accolade for the whole team who worked tirelessly to deliver a high quality product, from an aspiration design, for fantastic client.
The award is Manteena’s fourth national title in the past nine years and will sit nicely alongside the CSIRO Entomology Lab, James Turrell “Skyspace” at the National Gallery of Australia and the Garangula Gallery in Harden.
The Master Builders ACT has awarded Manteena a Building Excellence Award in the category: Commercial Building under $5m for the Samoa High Commission in Australia project.
Not only that but our other project in the category — “The Link” Ginninderry Multi-purpose Community Centre — received a Judge’s Commendation.
Unfortunately, St Mary MacKillop College – Stage 1, was pipped in a hotly contested category by the eventual overall winner of “Project of the Year”.
This is a fantastic effort, not only for the project teams, trades and suppliers involved, but to everyone at Manteena who contributed behind the scenes to make each a success.