Chartered Engineer C. Harendran to steer Altair project to completion


Chelvadurai Harendran, a highly experienced Chartered Civil Engineer with over 45 years of experience in the design, construction and project management of several landmark projects, has been appointed Director of Colombo’s Altair project now in its final stages of construction.

He started his career in 1971 with Ove Arup & Partners, a leading Consulting Engineering firm in London, and worked on the analysis of the Superstructure Steel Frame of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, one of the most famous and radical building of our time.

Announcing his appointment as Board Director in charge of all construction aspects of Altair, Mr J. K. Khetawat, Director of Altair promoter Indocean Developers said: "The Altair project has reached the critical stage when the focus shifts from the structure, which is almost complete, to the finishing of the exteriors and interiors. In Mr. Harendran we have found the best person to steer the project to its completion."

Fellow Director Mr Pradeep Sureka added: "Altair is not only structurally unique, it also a new paradigm in design aesthetics. Meeting the expectations of the architect, the project’s promoter, its 400 future tenants and the community at large, requires the depth or expertise and breadth of vision that Mr Harendran brings to the table."

Mr. Harendrantransferred to Singapore in 1975 and among many iconic projects, has been responsible for the design of the Sabah Foundation Headquarters Building, the construction of New tech Park and Keppel Distripark in Singapore, the project management of South City in Kolkata which were the tallest towers in East India at the time and the management of the structural steelwork for Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Delhi International Airport T2, Mumbai International Airport T3, Singapore Gardens By the Bay, Singapore National Stadium – the largest covered dome structure in the world, and Singapore Marina One – a high density mixed-use complex set to become the largest public plaza in the central business district.

Mr. Harendran graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from University College, London and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a registered Professional Engineer in Singapore.

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