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Deep Foundations

Sheik Zahed Centre

Sheik Zayed Centre is a multi-use complex which is constructed on 94 kanals of land on Ferozepur Road, Lahore, Pakistan.

The building, the tallest in Lahore, consists of a 63 storey office and apartment tower complemented by three supplementary apartment buildings. A 28-level premier hotel and an international standard fully covered shopping mall covers ground floor and levels 1 to 4.

The architectural design of the complex is by HOK (Washington) and the construction work is being managed by Turner Construction.

Project Summary

  • Name
  • Sheik Zahed Centre
  • Location
  • Lahore, Pakistan
  • Date
  • 2007
  • Client
  • Sheik Zahed
  • Contractor
  • Indus Valley Construction Co
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • Gage Technique
  • Consultant
  • Talbot Consultants International Inc


Due to the very poor ground conditions a series of pile tests were required as part of the design validation.

Vibrating wire sister bar arrays were installed at various elevations along the pile length together with rod type ‘Tell Tales’ to monitor strain changes and overall compression within the concrete.

Each of the seven piles testing were constructed to differing depths and diameters, some were post grouted to ensure pile toe integrity and increase skin friction.

Static load tests up to 3000 tonnes were carried out on each pile using conventional steel and concrete kentledge to determine the end bearing and skin friction properties.

An automated pile test monitoring system was used to gather data from all the instruments during the tests which were intended to reach three times the working load or failure.