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Esentai Park Complex

The Esentai Park project is a mixed-use development in the rapidly re-developing city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Located at the intersection of the Esentai River and Al-Farabi Boulevard, it comprises:

  • a 173-meter tower;
  • three residential blocks, and
  • a shopping mall and fitness center.

Esentai Park is the only project of its kind in Central Asia. Designed and built as a smart building, it offers its residents a distinguished ambiance with stunning views over the Alatau mountains and the city of Almaty. The architectural schematic design and design development were carried out by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. As Almaty is located in a zone of high seismic activity, the buildings have been constructed to withstand earthquakes measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale.

The interior materials used in the project were selected from among the most highly regarded European brands. The J.W. Marriott standards were used. All heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems are in line with the standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, while the fire- system meets both the local SNIP (Russian Industry Standard) code and the criteria set by the National Fire Protection Association. Mechanical systems included heating, ventilation, air conditioning, hot and cold water supply, sewage, a fully automated sprinkler system, smoke exhaust and pressurization systems, and building automation and control systems. The electrical work included the power supply, fire alarm system, CCTV system, telephone system and single master antenna television system.

ENKA was the main EPC contractor for the Esentai Park project, which was originally owned by Capital Partners LLP. The total construction area of the project is 368,000 m2. Work on the project commenced in January 2006 and the first phase, consisting of the Tower, Residential Block A and the shopping mall and fitness center, covering a total area of 279,000 m2, was completed in June 2009. The project was then suspended for about four years due to the global financial crisis of 2008. Work on Residential Blocks B and C, with a total area of 89,000 m2, resumed in June 2013. The entire project was completed by December 2014.

Esentai Tower: 

Esentai Tower is a mixed-use building with 37-storeys and four levels of basement car parking. When it was built, it was the tallest building in Kazakhstan. It consists of four levels of car parking, a ballroom, utility space and office, hotel and residential floors. The total construction area is 87,000 m2 and the total height including the four basement levels is 173 m.

Esentai Residences: 

Esentai Residences is a unique residential complex. Residential Block A, a 3+21-storey building with 137 apartments covering a total area of 63,000 m2, was awarded in July 2006 and all EPC works were successfully completed in December 2009. The three underground levels are used for storage, to house utilities, and as common areas for the owners of the residences. A mezzanine floor connects to a pedestrian tunnel serving all three residential blocks.

The construction of Residential Blocks B and C went ahead only after the new client had overcome its financial difficulties. ENKA was able to re-mobilize its site team at very short notice for EPC. Together with the suspension management of the vendors and the careful protection of goods on the site, this rapid re-mobilization made it possible to complete the project in a remarkably short space of time. Each block consists of a 2+21-storey building, with common parking levels. There are 18 duplex apartments and 268 standard apartments, and the total gross area is 89,000 m². The project achieved 5.7 million man-hours without any lost time accidents between June 2013 and December 2014, and the peak number of personnel on site reached 2,099.

Esentai Shopping Mall & Esentai Fitness: 

Esentai Shopping Mall is the retail and entertainment component of Esentai Park. It has four storeys and four basement floors. The total gross construction area is 128,000 m2, and indoor parking is available for 700 cars. ENKA was responsible for the civil works, façade and roofing.

Project Description

Esentai Park Complex

  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction

Project Features

Scope of Work
Engineering, Procurement and Construction
Key Quantities
Concrete 265,000 m³
Rebar 68,500 tons
Earth Works 240,000 m³
Project Duration
Start Date 01.01.2006
Finish Date 31.12.2014
Duration 110 Months


Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Tower incl. JW Marriott Hotel with 175 rooms – Total Area: 87,000 m² – (37+4 storey)
  • 3 Residential Blocks – Total Area: 164,500 m² – (21+3 storey, each)
  • Shopping Mall – Total Area: 104,000 m² – (2 below+4 above gr. floor)
  • Fitness Centre – Total Area: 24,000 m² – (4+2 storey)


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