The Venetian Hotel and Resort, Macau

Step aside Las Vegas, Macau is now the world’s gambling mecca

With more floor space than four Empire State Buildings, the planet’s largest casino and a vast leisure complex combining high-end restaurants, entertainment spaces and luxury retail, Macau’s Venetian is a thing of beauty.

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The Venetian Hotel and Resort, Macau Project summary

Client

Macau Hotels

Project value

£1.4bn

Key partners

Hsin Chong Construction Co., Aedas Architects, Levitt Bernstein, Arup

Services provided

Construction management, Construction

Sectors

Hotels, Leisure and sport, Arts and culture, Hotels and residential, Leisure and sport

Locations

Asia Pacific

Project timeline

Start date
October 2004
End date
August 2007
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Project story

Redefining leisure in spectacular fashion, we joined forces with well-established local firm, Hsin Chong Engineering to deliver the world's second largest building. Mixing their cultural know-how with Mace’s globetrotting dynamism, 20,000 workers delivered the project – divided into five zones – on time and on budget.

With the resort sat on the Cotai Strip – created by six million tonnes of sand dropped in the ocean with marine clay to enable construction. The development’s colossal scale meant meticulous planning was paramount, with non-stop training and attention to detail.

The result is a stunning casino and gaming halls equivalent to the size of 16 football pitches and a 3,000 bed hotel. Inside there is extensive retail, dining and entertainment spaces, a 15,000 seat sports arena and a convention centre with a 6,000 seat banqueting hall. Linking all of these together – waterways populated with singing gondoliers. The Venetian Macau opened in August 2007, to global acclaim.

Project stats

3,000 bed hotel
16 football pitches - the size of the casino and gaming halls
20,000 strong workforce delivered the project

Points of note

Harmony in motion

Working in tandem with a local construction company and supply chain, we implemented our leading processes while observing cultural differences.

It’s good to talk

With numerous projects in flow at once, communication was crucial. Each team cooperated to streamline delivery of materials, fittings and furniture for the 3,000 bed hotel. It worked: each project was completed without disruption or delay.

Five major projects rolled into one

To ensure targets were hit, the site was divided into five clear zones – each its very own project. Within these were the main hotel building, podium, convention centre, energy centre, theatre and sports arena, the external works and waterways.

With great projects comes great responsibility

A raft of sustainability measures were observed, with the Venetian receiving a Macau Green Hotel Award in 2008. The measures included reusable plastic pallets and environmentally friendly products during the building phase, through to an automatic irrigation system, double-glazed windows and energy-efficient lighting once doors were open.