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Saint Francis Shangri la Place Manila, Metro Manila

The tallest residential high-rise building in the Philippines.

Located at Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila, the St Francis Shangri-la Place is the tallest residential high-rise building in the country.

This landmark development comprises two towers, each rising 60 floors to 217m high and providing a total of 1,200 units.

Arup provides civil and structural engineering services for the project. The firm’s trademark damped-outrigger system, for which patents have been applied, will help to reduce the motion of the towers in windy weather and will result in construction cost savings.

A total of 32 dampers were installed, 16 for each of the twin towers. These dampers are of the same type as those installed on the Arup-designed, innovative, cable-supported Millennium Bridge across the River Thames in London. The world’s first ever use of this damped-outrigger system reinforces Arup’s lead in the application of advanced technology to the design of high-rise buildings.

Reductions in the amount of concrete and reinforcement steel in the towers have cut the construction cost by US$5m to US$10m. More net floor space also means greater income potential for the client.