Statue of Unity

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The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world and is dedicated to the life and work of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The scope of the project also included an Exhibition Hall at Statue Base, Memorial Garden, Memorial and Visitor Building, a Bridge Connecting main land and island, 5.88 KMs (3.68 Mile) highway connecting the Statue site to the town of Kevadia and Hotel and Convention Centre with visitor parking and docking facility in the state of Gujarat.
At 182 meters (597 feet) it is two times the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York City and surpasses the height of the world’s previous tallest statue—China’s Spring Temple Buddha­—by 29 meters (95 feet).
The Statue of Unity depicts India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, the freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is known for his leadership during India’s struggle for independence, as well as his unifying power. He worked—and succeeded at—integrating 565 princely states to create a unified India. In doing so, he earned the nickname The Iron Man of India.
Turner International provided construction management services on the Statue, guiding the project throughout construction to the inauguration on October 31, 2018 which coincides with the 143rd anniversary of Sardar Patel’s birth.
The Statue is designed to withstand winds reaching 180 km (112 miles) per hour as well as earthquakes measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. It draws its strength from dual cylindrical concrete cores that rise up through the legs and torso of the figure, that are bolstered by 1,612 metric tons of Bronze as a cladding material, 6,350 metric tons of structural steel and 16,101 metric tons of reinforcing steel bars. A tuned mass damper system provides additional stabilization.
The Statue rises above a geometric star-shaped platform built on Sadhu Island in the Narmada River. Visitors to the Statue of Unity arrive at a riverside visitor center and then proceed across a footbridge to the Statue’s base where an exhibition hall provides accounts of the life and accomplishments of Patel and the history of modern India. Draped over the roof of the exhibition hall is a contemplative Memorial Garden. Within the Statue’s chest, a 200 person gallery provides visitors with a view of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Turner lead the consortium providing project management/construction management services, which also includes MGA (Architectural and Master Planning services) and Meinhardt (Structural and MEP Engineering).

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