Monday, May 22, 2006

Atkins' Jakarta 'Regatta' scheme

Saturday 20 May saw the global launch of the major new Atkins-designed Regatta scheme in Jakarta - a mixed-use development situated on the Pantai Mutiara Canal Estate on the shores of the Java Sea. To tie in with the launch, Atkins has released images of the final scheme designs.
The development's main feature and centrepiece is an arch-shaped five-star 320-room luxury hotel, which is surrounded by 10 residential towers providing a total of 920 apartments, on a 99,363 sq m site.

The hotel features a ballroom for 1,000 guests, a state of the art health, spa and well-being centre, and four restaurants including a 2,000 sq m sky lobby and dining experience located 148 metres above ground level.

Regatta also features an extensively landscaped 25,600 sq m water park.

Early signs of interest in the development are promising, with Atkins' client, Badan Kerjasama Mutiara Buana, having already sold 70 apartments off plan.

Design director Tom Wright, who conceived the design concept for Regatta, explains, "The development follows a nautical theme, with the hotel being representative of a lighthouse or 'beacon' and the apartment towers as tall ships sailing around it, hence the name 'Regatta'. All of the buildings are orientated on the cardinal points of a compass, creating the best possible views of the waterfront for each phase of the development."

Regional director and head of the Atkins design team delivering the project, Geku George, explains more about the concept behind the hotel. "The brief from the client was to design a hotel which has a distinct character of its own when compared to the apartment buildings. We have achieved this by creating an organic curved form, which is truly iconic and will be easily recognised. "When complete," Geku says, "Regatta will be a significant landmark when viewed from land, air and sea."

On site, piling works are complete for the first phase of the development. The anticipated completion for this phase, which involves four of the apartment towers, is December 2007.