7 June 2018

BMD continues engineering feat on iconic Buddhist temple

Construction is progressing on the southern coastline of Sellicks Beach in South Australia, with BMD continuing works as managing contractor on the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple. The first beams have been lifted on the main timber framed temple shrine, which is being touted as the biggest simple and unsophisticated building complex in Tang style in the southern hemisphere. BMD engaged Samaras’ 350-tonne crane to erect the eight 15-metre-long columns, which weigh 25 tonnes each. When completed, the shrine will be as tall as a six-storey building at 20 metres high. With the project commencing last month and due for completion in 12 months, the works have required intricate and staged construction combining Chinese craftsmen and Australian resources with the engagement of specialist carpenters and mechanical, electrical and hydraulic services. The project is an extension to the engineering and construction feat BMD previously delivered for our long-term client with the centrepiece of the entire development being the 18-metre-tall statue. The 900-tonne statue was assembled onsite after arriving from China in 96 pieces in 23 shipping containers and was unveiled in July 2015. BMD’s diverse building and engineering capability is evident in the unique structures being constructed on this project. Upon completion, the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple is expected to attract thousands of visitors from across the globe.

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