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New Head For Shanghai Office

Web Structures has appointed one of its senior structural engineers to spearhead its growing presence in China.

Zhang Mei Le will take up his new post in the practice’s Shanghai office in May. He moves to China from the Web Structures Singapore headquarters.

A graduate of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, Zhang Mei Le has been a member of the Web Structures team since December 2007.

The 31-year-old joined Web Structures after completing his Masters degree in Civil Engineering, specialising in Structural Engineering, which he studied at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

He has been involved in a number of its high-profile projects across the globe, including the acclaimed Ardmore Residence, an $80 million 36-storey apartment building in the heart of Singapore.

That project saw the Web Structures team collaborate with the acclaimed UN Studio architects on “a fluid design where the structure became a parameter in a network of possibilities, generated by parametric design processes,” says Zhang Mei Le.

“The structure melts into the architectural form,” he added.

He was also part of the team involved in creating the dramatic ‘Deya’ cloud structure – an ambitious engineering project to build a stunning skybridge high above Kolkata in India.

China remains an important source of good and exciting projects for Web Structures and its Shanghai office will continue to play a leading role in the drive for growth in the Asian economic powerhouse.

Work on three cutting-edge resort projects for the Brilliant Hotel Management Group is just part of Web Structures’ growing Chinese portfolio.

It has a strong track record of delivery in China that stretches back more than a decade.

During that time it has been involved in a number of mixed-use and hotel developments, as well as master-planning.

Successfully-delivered developments include the striking US$320 million Cambridge Forest hotel and shopping mall in Shanghai, designed by architects CSYA.

Dr Hossein Rezai, Web Structures’ group director, says the practice sees strong areas of growth in China and the presence of Zhang Mei Le in the Shanghai office will help in that aim.

He said: “We have been working in China for over a decade now with some success and we have seen the pace of development and urbanisation there continue to quicken.

“Our Shanghai office will play an increasingly important role as we look to build on the continued growing potential for our services in China and look to develop our portfolio of projects further.”

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