Drastic shifts in temperature create challenging project for Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Star Estates as building services and cost consultant on the development of a 5-star Hilton hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The project is due to be completed by the middle of 2015.
The 280-room hotel covers approximately 26,000 sq m over 12 levels. Facilities will include a pool, spa, sauna, health centre and ballroom below ground, along with retail, bars, restaurants and meeting rooms above ground. A skybar and executive lounge at roof level are also included in the design.
Mott MacDonald will provide mechanical, electrical and public health engineering and cost consultancy services. The consultancy will also assist with procurement, cost management and quantity surveying throughout the project's lifespan.
Paul Jenkins, Mott MacDonald's project director, said: "This is a very challenging project due to the climate of Ulaanbaatar, which suffers extremely harsh winters and temperatures as low as -40°C at night.
"Many systems, such as cooling plants, require special heating and protection to avoid freezing of the system. For this project, two heating systems are included in the design to ensure service during the winter months."