ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 41
Financial Times  

Colliers tsunami reconstruction project tipped for award

A ground-breaking project created by Colliers International which reconstructed the Sri Lankan village of Kirinda in the aftermath of the tsunami, has been selected by an international jury as one of three finalists for the 'Residential Developments' Awards at the world's premier real estate summit, MIPIM. The other finalists are Accordia (Cambridge, UK) and Phillimore Square (in London, UK)

Held in Cannes, France from 13-16 March 2007, MIPIM (Le Marche International de Professionnels de l'Immobilier) is the world's premier real estate summit. It brings together the most influential decision-makers in the market, offering them access to the argest available showcase of development projects.

Project Manager of the Colliers Kirinda Project, Anthony Benjamin said, "The reconstruction of Kirinda village in Sri Lanka is a 1 million US$ charity program initiated and primarily financed from within Colliers International.

The world renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, and his company, Shigeru Ban Architects donated their time to make this the most professionally run tsunami project in Sri Lanka and to produce a sustainable vision for the village that embraces local traditions and materials and conforms to the highest environmental standards.” The project was profiled in The Sunday Times in an exclusive interview with Ban during one of his visits in late 2005.

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