News Archive

2017

The Secretariat Project

“The challenge and focus for the structural engineer in restoring the Secretariat is on strengthening and stabilizing of the building. It is a real honour to be able to play a part in restoring my country’s rich heritage.”

Yangon can lay claim to one of the most interesting urban landscapes in the world. From the famous Buddhist landmarks constructed over 2,000 years ago, through to the buildings from its more recent colonial past.

Yangon in fact has more British Colonial buildings than any other city in South East Asia. For a long period, Yangon has been the centre of Myanmar’s political, economic and cultural life. The 120 year old “Secretariat” stands out as having played a critical role in the country’s history. It was the headquarters of British Colonial administration in Burma and the location where General Aung San and six cabinet ministers were assassinated.

Today, Yangon’s built heritage is at serious risk. After decades of neglect and under pressure from urbanization, time is running out to preserve many landmarks such as the Secretariat from the ravages of time. These buildings employed techniques, considered advanced technologies at the time such as the extensive use of steel.

Meinhardt is involved in this huge buildings renovation. Covering an area of over 40,000 sq.m., the building is being converted
for use as a museum, offices, retail space and restaurants.

“The challenge and focus for the structural engineer in restoring the Secretariat is on strengthening and stabilizing of the
building. It is a real honour to be able to play a part in restoring my country’s rich heritage.”

May Sandar Soe
Senior Structural Engineer