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Apr 06, 2015: Breaking a concrete world record at AECOM project - Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg

Breaking a concrete world record at AECOM project - Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg

Planned to include St Petersburg’s first super tall tower, the Lakhta Centre is a large, mixed-use development currently under-development in the city. A continuous concrete pour of over 19,600m3 to create the site’s foundations broke the Guinness World Record.

The pour, which is three thousand cubic metres more than the previous record, took 49 hours to complete, with the concrete mixers making 2,540 trips from 13 different batch plants to the site. Every minute on average a concrete delivery truck entered the site and 17 concrete pumps were used to finish the pour.

Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom Management Board, kicked off this critical stage of the development saying: “You can find record-breaking volumes, best technologies and creative solutions at every Gazprom construction site, and Lakhta Centre is no exception. This year, we will be able to see the first floors of the new building, and in 2018 the complex will be open for the staff of Gazprom Group, as well as for all citizens and visitors to St. Petersburg.”

This project will create a 462-metre landmark tower for the city. In addition to Gazprom’s offices, the building will host the ‘World of Science’ children’s centre, exhibition spaces, a planetarium, a medical centre, a conference and convention hall, as well as cinema, shopping and sports facilities.

It’s a complex build, with a pentagon-shaped foundation of over 5,500sq m. Raft reinforcement consisted of 15 levels of 32 mm steel bars. In total, 9,200 tons of reinforcement was used, about the same about as for the Eiffel Tower. AECOM is providing technical supervision services for the construction of the tower.

“This record-breaking, complex pour was a critical stage for this project,” said Arash Fatemi, operations director Project & Construction Services AECOM Continental Europe. “It was supervised by our highly professional construction services team led by Alexei Synchikov.“AECOM’s ongoing success in delivering high-rise building s in the region, including Citer Invest Towers in Moscow and Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana has made AECOM the leading construction and engineering company providing construction management, project management and construction supervision to clients in the region.”


AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion.

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