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Broadgate enters into Cambodian JV - January 28th 2014 January 28th 2014

Broadgate Construction is proud to have entered into a tripartite joint venture, signed on 30th August 2013, with 7NG Group (one of the largest conglomerates in Cambodia) who specialise in areas ranging from construction, building equipment, automobiles, agricultural interests and real estate, and with CLMV Capital Asia, a boutique private finance institution.rn

Together with our partners we are currently in the process of building an industrial park with a master plan of total 1500 ha. located 12km from Phnom Penh in Kandan State. However, the project is not only about building an industrial park, but also a completely new town, including shopping centers, living infrastructures (water supply, school, hospitals) low cost residential building where workers and inhabitants will be able to co-exist together and have a comfortable quality of life. As well as building residential infrastructure, 7NG industrial park will include industrial infrastructure such as power distribution, water, roads, and sewage facilities, making the park completely self-sufficient.

7NG Group will provide the land, factory, manpower, existing client base, CLMV will be instrumental in raising investment capital while Broadgate will provide the Easy Panel technology, machinery and expertise in the form of the franchise factory to produce the construction materials necessary to build the park and town. This project is understandably a long-term project that will take many years before completion.


from left:  Srey Chanthan (Chairman, 7NG Group Co Ltd), Rattana Po (Chairman & President, CLMV Capital Asia Ltd) & John Mills (President & CEO, Broadgate Financial Group) @ signing ceremony for JV partnership.
       from left: Srey Chanthan (Chairman, 7NG Group Co Ltd), Rattana Po (Chairman & President,
CLMV Capital Asia Ltd) & John Mills (President & CEO, Broadgate Financial Group) @ signing ceremony for JV partnership.



  •  Transportation

7NG Industrial Park is adjacent to the Asian Highway with a total distance of 140,000km. The park is also adjacent to National Road No 8 which is connected to National Road No 1, a mere 87km to the Vietnamese boarder. The Mekong river is close by with port facilities to assist with export of goods produced on the industrial park.

  • Recruitment

By building such a park, the project will also be providing employment for numerous workers, estimated to be around 120,000 people. In order to ensure a smooth development of such project and full cooperation between workers, 7NG will supervise, contribute and cooperate with all the factories.


  • Comparison with other industrial zones 

7NG Industrial Park offers several advantages which other industrial zones do not. Firstly, 7NG will establish a detailed plan and ensure the supply of manpower from neighbouring cities. Secondly, as mentioned before, 7NG will make sure to provide living infrastructure such as comfortable housing markets, shops, hospitals and schools to ensure employee satisfaction and retention.  

According to Philip Lingwood, Senior Vice President of Broadgate Construction “This is an exciting project to enhance the industrial capabilities of the country while also providing employment opportunities that will benefit the people of Cambodia as a whole”

News: CLMV Capital Asia, member of EUROCHAM Cambodia - August 30th 2013 August 30th 2013


EuroCham Cambodia
was inaugurated on June 2nd, 2011 with the support of the three founding European Business Organisations: the Chambre de Commerce Franco-Cambodgienne (CCFC), the British Business Association in Cambodia (BBAC) and the Arbeitskreis Deutsche Wirtschaft (ADW).

EuroCham was established with the objectives of promoting the interests of European businesses operating in Cambodia, facilitating the entry of European  companies into the market and creating an extensive support network among corporate and individual members alike.

In this context, EuroCham activities include partnerships with the governments in the areas of taxation and dispute resolution, the creation of sector-specific Committees under the EuroCham umbrella and provision of a range of services to European Businesses.

http://www.eurocham-cambodia.org/
Article: Broadgate enters into Cambodian JV - August 31st 2013 August 31st 2013


Broadgate Construction is proud to have entered into a tripartite joint venture, signed on 30th August 2013 
and with CLMV Capital Asia, a boutique private finance institution.

Together with our partners we are currently in the process of building an industrial park with a master plan of total 1500 ha. located 12km from Phnom Penh in Kandan State. However, the project is not only about building an industrial park, but also a completely new town, including shopping centers, living infrastructures (water supply, school, hospitals) low cost residential building where workers and inhabitants will be able to co-exist together and have a comfortable quality of life. As well as building residential infrastructure, 3ECC will include industrial infrastructure such as power distribution, water, roads, and sewage facilities, making the park completely self-sufficient.

3ECC will provide the land, factory, manpower, existing client base, CLMV will be instrumental in raising investment capital while Broadgate will provide the Easy Panel technology, machinery and expertise in the form of the franchise factory to produce the construction materials necessary to build the park and town. This project is understandably a long-term project that will take many years before completion.


from left:  Srey Chanthan (Chairman, 7NG Group Co Ltd), Rattana Po (Chairman & President, CLMV Capital Asia Ltd) & John Mills (President & CEO, Broadgate Financial Group) @ signing ceremony for JV partnership.
           from left: Srey Chanthan (Chairman, 7NG Group Co Ltd), Rattana Po (Chairman & President,
CLMV Capital Asia Ltd) & John Mills (President & CEO, Broadgate Financial Group) @ signing ceremony for JV partnership.



  •  Transportation

3ECC is adjacent to the Asian Highway with a total distance of 140,000km. The park is also adjacent to National Road No 8 which is connected to National Road No 1, a mere 87km to the Vietnamese boarder. The Mekong river is close by with port facilities to assist with export of goods produced on the industrial park. 

  • Recruitment

By building such a park, the project will also be providing employment for numerous workers, estimated to be around 120,000 people. In order to ensure a smooth development of such project and full cooperation between workers, 3ECC will supervise, contribute and cooperate with all the factories.

  • Comparison with other industrial zones 

3ECC offers several advantages which other industrial zones do not. Firstly, 3ECC will establish a detailed plan and ensure the supply of manpower from neighbouring cities. Secondly, as mentioned before, 3ECC will make sure to provide living infrastructure such as comfortable housing markets, shops, hospitals and schools to ensure employee satisfaction and retention.  

According to Philip Lingwood, Senior Vice President of Broadgate Construction “This is an exciting project to enhance the industrial capabilities of the country while also providing employment opportunities that will benefit the people of Cambodia as a whole”

Precast Concrete A Faster Construction Technology - November 12th 2013 November 12th 2013


Precast Concrete A Faster Construction Technology

Precast concrete is a construction product produced by casting concrete in a reusable mold or “form” which is then cured in a controlled environment in the factory, transported to the construction site and lifted into place. Parts like door and window frames, electricity and water networks are also cast before the concrete dries.

Precast concrete is suitable for almost any type of building, from prefabricated housing units to shopping malls, factories and warehouses, to high-rise offices, hotels or condos.

Speed is where precast concrete beats out other construction methods. While builders generally take weeks to put up a single house with normal technologies, they can build five houses per day using precast, says Phillip Lingwood, Senior Vice-President of Broadgate Construction, an international company supplying building products. Compared to brick, for example, putting up a precast wall is much quicker, requires less labor and the end product is stronger, according to Lingwood. In Cambodia it costs around US$12 to build a square meter of a brick wall, and around US$15 to produce one square meter of precast wall at the factory, excluding the transportation and labor expenses.

“Although the material cost may be higher than brick, with precast the total project cost will be reduced, because there is less labor used, no need for rendering, and it’s quicker,” Lingwood said.

Precast concrete solutions have better resistance to earthquakes or fires than brick or other wall panel technology. It also leaves a substantially smaller environmental footprint than other building methods, thanks to increased recycled content and the production processes.

While precast has almost become old hat in developed countries, it is new in Cambodia. Fewer than 10 projects have applied precast concrete technology here up to now, while there are only few precast suppliers serving the market, including Ly Chhuong Construction and CPAC Cambodia.

Touch Somnang, deputy CEO of developer OCIC, says the company has applied precast technology for the housing development at the Chroy Changvar Satellite City and sees it is a good solution for future construction.

“We apply precast concrete walls to houses to replace brick, and it is very fast. This kind of precast concrete house needs only three to four weeks to finish,” Touch said. “If you ask me whether it is strong or not, I’d say yes, because it’s a concrete wall.”

Due to rising labor costs, faster construction methods are important, he added. “Although it is more expensive in term of materials, precast technology offers us with cheaper labor expenses and faster construction times,” he said.

While there are several benefits, precast in Cambodia still faces challenges. Precast products are manufactured at the factory, and there are expenses and difficulties in transporting large and heavy concrete panels to construction sites along narrow and pothole-ridden roads. Fuel costs are another concern.

Since carrying a large piece of precast concrete into the building can’t be done by manpower alone, lifting machinery is needed for assembly and installation. This is yet another cost for builders and building owners, since such machinery is expensive in Cambodia, says Chhouk Chhay Horng, head of the civil engineering department at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).

Still, Lingwood of Broadgate Construction believes precast concrete is right for Cambodia, but his company has looked at the challenges specific to developing Cambodia as well. So, Broadgate, in a joint venture with local company CLMV Capital Asia under the name 3 Eco City Construction, is building a factory 12 km from Phnom Penh in Kandal province to produce the LiteCast product. It has all qualities and advantages of precast, but with the additional benefit of being 50 percent lighter. It can reduce transportation issues and the need for heavy lifting machinery. It also has good thermal and acoustic insulation properties that can reduce construction material costs, reduce the load on air conditioning units and save energy in the long run. The factory and the LiteCast product are set to come on line in the middle of 2014.

“Precast is good, but LiteCast is even better,” Lingwood said.

Tim Vutha

Reporter for Construction and Properties Magazine

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